Goal of the Course and Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the course is to provide engineering graduate students, senior undergraduates and technical managers in surface and nanotechnology related materials industries an introductory course on modern materials characterization techniques, especially with respect of nanotechnology: Contact Angle, Surface Roughness, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Auger Electron Spectroscopy , Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy.

This course makes special effort to concentrate on principles and applications, leaving lengthy (and usually intimidating to engineering students) derivations and formulations out of the scope, thus engineering students can concentrate on basic principles (qualitative) and applications of these modern marvel technologies.

Objective and Scope

  • Principles and applications
  • Critical applications for materials today
  • Industrial relevance
Surface and Structure Analysis
  • Fundamentals
  • Surface Analysis
    • O, Ra, XPS, AES,SEM, STM, AFM,
  • Structure Analysis
    • TEM, XRD
Content of the Course
23 SEPTEMBER, 2009

Fundamentals,Contact Angle/Roughness, XPS

24 SEPTEMBER, 2009


25 SEPTEMBER, 2009

AFM, XRD, TEM Summary and discussion.


ABOUT Professor Sam Zhang:

Professor Sam Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Ceramics in 1991 from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He is a full professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He teaches Materials Science, Electronic Manufacturing Processes, Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques, Ultraprecision and Micromachining Processes and Nanotechnology.

He is an Honorary Professor of the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guest Professor at Zhejiang University and Harbin Institute of Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK, featured in the first edition of Who's Who in Engineering Singapore (2007) and 26th edition of Who's Who in the World (2009). He has been frequently invited to present invited or plenary keynote lectures at international conferences in Japan, USA, France, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, India, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. His public seminar on “How to get your papers published” attracted more than 1500 enthusiastic audience in five universities in mainland China and Taiwan. He is also frequently invited by Singapore industries and other countries (USA, Portugal, China, and Malaysia) to conduct short courses and workshops. 21 such short courses and workshops have been conducted at the company premises, hotels or in university. Professor Zhang served as technical consultant for a multinational company in Singapore and Suzhou, China.

Prof Zhang’s research interests include preparation and characterization of hard and yet tough ceramic nanocomposite coatings, functional thin films, biological coatings, drug deliveryfor and coatings for clean energy. He has recently published the following books: NANOCOMPOSITE THIN FILMS AND COATINGS : Processing, Properties and Performance, (ed), Imperial College Press, 2007; Materials Characterization Techniques, CRC Press, 2008. Books in the pipeline (ed): CRC Handbook of Nanocomposite Films and Coatings: Vol 1: Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings: Mechanical Properties; Vol 2: Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings: Functional Properties; Vol 3: Organic Nanostructured Film Devices and Coatings for Clean Energy (to publish in 2009); CRC Handbook of Biological and Biomedical Coatings (in editing for 2010). Prof Zhang has authored and co-authored more than 200 research papers. Some of his research papers frequently got into Elsevier TOP25 Hottest Articles.

Details of Prof Zhang’s research are at his homepage: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/msyzhang
Prof Zhang also serves the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) as the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Research (JMR) as principal editor, Associate Editor (Materials Science) of Advanced Science Letters and member of editorial board of Frontier of Materials Science in China, among others.

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