Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Agenda :

Day 1 – Photoelectron Spectroscopy:

 09:00   Introduction and Scope of Short Course – Prof. F. Alamgir 

09:15 – 10:00:  Lecture pt. I:  Theoretical background of Photoelectron Spectroscopy 

10:05 – 10:30:  Tour of MCF characterization labs 

10:35 – 10:45:  Coffee break

10:50 – 11:35:  Lecture pt. II:  Theoretical background of Photoelectron Spectroscopy

12:00 – 13:00:  Lunch break

13:05 – 13:45:  Introduction to XPS analysis software

13:45 – 15:05:  XPS hands-on operation and data analysis sessions.

15:10 – 16:00:  General comments:  Open question and answer session

Day 2 – Time of Flight SIMS:

09:30   Introduction– Prof. F. Alamgir

09:35 – 10:15:  Lecture pt. I:  Theoretical background of SIMS/ ToF-SIMS

10:15 – 10:30:  Tour of IEN microfabrication facility

10:35 – 10:45:  Coffee break

10:50 – 11:30:   Practical concerns for ToF-SIMS and Alternate Surface Science Techniques

11:30 – 13:00:   Lunch break

13:05 – 13:15:   Introduction to ToF-SIMS analysis software

13:15 – 15:15:   ToF-SIMS for hands-on analysis session.

15:20 – 15:55:   Open question and answer session


Practical Surface Characterization of Materials: An Interactive Short Course on XPS, UPS and SIMS: Principles, Practice, Instrumentation and Hands-on Data Analysis

Course details/ summary -  A detailed introduction to the principles and practice of two techniques for analyzing the first few monolayers of a surface: XPS -the most common surface analytical method and ToF-SIMS a mass-spectroscopy-based method complementary in many ways to XPS.  Taken together they allow:
  • The detection of the elemental composition of a sample
  • The detection of even trace elements down to ppm of a monolayer
  • The chemical bonding between elements
  • The lateral and vertical distribution of elements in the top layers of a sample
  • The surface bonding and band structure of compounds including work function and band occupancy

Target Audience:

Attendance is open to the general technical community and is not limited to current Georgia Tech students or IEN users. The course will be of value to anyone needing to analyze the physical-chemical properties of surfaces including catalysts; thin-film metals and semiconductors; low-dimensional materials such as graphene, CNT's, and MoS2; polymers for food packaging or medical implants; corrosion studies in metals; among other materials. The course should prove useful to everyone from the interested novice, unfamiliar with these techniques - but with a practical need for information about the surface composition/chemistry of a sample - up to those with even a moderately advanced practical XPS or SIMS background looking to develop a deeper understanding.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $150
Academic and Government Rate: $250
Industry Rate: $500


Due to the nature of the lab portion of the course, registration has a maximum of 30 participants. Your registration is not guaranteed until full payment is received. If you wish to charge the course to an IEN Cleanroom account, please contact us immediately so that we can provide the proper forms, and so that we may notify the PI or accounts representative. Credit cards are the only payment option for people outside Georgia Tech. Once you submit your registration, follow the appropriate links in your confirmation email. A waiting list of overflow registrants will be maintained in case of cancellations.

** Registration is NOT complete until you have received a link to pay for your attendance through Georgia Tech's secure payment gateway. You will receive this link via email after completing the initial registration process.

Registration and full payment MUST be completed online by August 10, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS. No one will be allowed to register or pay on-site.** 


Getting to the workshop is easy if you stay at the Georgia Tech Conference Center

Georgia Tech Hotel (attached to Global Learning Center)
800 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308
404.838.2100 - Reservations
404.347.9440 - Hotel Main

Hotel reservation’s hours are Monday through Friday 8am-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-3pm

Directions and Parking:

Parking is not included in the cost of the course. If you are a visitor and you would like to park on campus you will need to use the pay-by-the hour visitor parking lot, located across from the Marcus Nanotechnology Building. We are also easily reached via public transportation and Georgia Tech transportation services. Information on these services, and directions to Georgia Tech and IEN, can be found here: http://www.ien.gatech.edu/contact/visit-ien-georgia-tech