The students will learn the basic principles of some surface analysis techniques, the physical and chemical information that these techniques can give, the instrumentation needed. The course will be illustrated by many examples of application of these analysis techniques to surfaces of different solid materials: glasses, metals, ceramics, nanostructured materials, etc.
The second part of the course aims at presenting the potential of different nanomaterials in the specific field of energy harvesting and conversion. Different kinds of nanomaterials are considered, related to the different processes to be optimized, i.e. light absorption, exciton creation/dissociation, charge transport and collection. Examples include quantum dots, semiconducting nanowires, plasmonic systems and hierarchical structures.
Ample examples of application of the concepts illustrated in the first part of the course will be given in the second part.