802005 Surface chemistry

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Zirbs, Ronald
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


This lecture provides an introduction to chemical processes that occur on surfaces. The lecture will focus on understanding organic chemical reactions that can be used to modify surfaces. In modern world-applications surfaces need to fulfill a wide range of mostly complex needs. Designing surfaces of different materials to fulfill these needs is a huge challenge and requires a broad and multidisciplinary approach. Surface etching, living grafting-to/from polymerizations; layer-by-layer-assemblies or supramolecular self-assembly are only some aspects discussed in that course.

The course is especially recommended to students taking the course H802301 Biologically inspired materials and interfaces, as it describes in more detail the most common methods to achieve the surface modifications discussed in this course.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of Chemistry from bachelor study.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The course will help the students in understanding some basic concepts of modern surface modification. It will allow the students to develop own ideas how different materials could be modified and should increase awareness about this important topic of material science.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.