Analysis physical methods of solids

LCHM2122  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Analysis physical methods of solids
3.0 credits
30.0 h


  • 1 This course not only aims at giving a large introduction to the main instrumental analysis methods of solids but also aims at directing an analysis towards the most appropriate solutions. The emphasis is shed on principles, application ranges, possibilities and limitations of each technique.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.

Content I. Thermal analysis methods: thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), thermodifferential analysis (TDA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) II. Surface techniques analysis methods and microscopies: X-ray photoelectrons spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Secondary ions mass spectrometry (SIMS). Specific surface measurement (BET). Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) III. X-Ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence IV. X-Ray absorption spectroscopy : EXAFS, XANES and WAXS V. Mössbauer spectroscopy
Teaching methods
Classes and potential visit of experimental facilities
Evaluation methods

oral exam or written exam depending on the number of registered students

Other information
Background: Molecular symmetry and crystal structures (CHM 1251A) - Fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy (CHM 1251B).  The course could be partly or totally delivered by an invited lecturer.
Online resources
  • syllabus LCHM2122 Méthodes physiques d'analyse des solides (à la DUC)

Instrumental Methods of Analysis, H.H. Willard, L.L. Merritt Jr. J.A. Dean, F. A. Settle Jr., 7th ed., New York, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1988.

A booklet containing a copy of the overhead transparencies used by the teachers.

 Other books that are chapter specific are advised below:

Most of the chapters:

Principles of Instrumental Analysis – 6th Ed., D.A. Skoog, F.J. Holler, S.R. Crouch,Thomson, Books/Cole, 2007

Thermal analysis methods:

DSC, An Introduction for practitionners, G. Höhne, W. Hemminger, H.-J. Flammershein, Springer Verlag, 1996, MOST A1 library : n° 714

Introduction to Instrumental Analysis, R. D. Braun, Mc Graw-Hill, Int. Ed. 1987, Singapore, ISBN 0-07-100147-6, MOST A1 library : n° 669

Materials characterization : Introduction to microscopic and spectroscopic methods, Yang Leng, Wiley, 2008, Réf : A187077 (BST)


X-ray absorption, diffraction and fluorescence

EXAFS : Basic Principles and Data Analysis, K.T. Boon, Springer Verlag, 1986, MOST A1 library : n° 713

Nuclear instruments and their uses – Vol. I : Ionization, detectors, scintillators, Ed. A.H. Snell, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1962

Principles and practice of X-ray spectrometric analysis, E. P. Bertin, Plenum Press, New York, 1975.


Mössbauer Spectroscopy

Mössbauer spectroscopy and Transition Metal Chemistry, Fundamentals and Applications, P. Gütlich, E. Bill, A. X. Trautwein, Springer, 2011, Ref : A 1 15 QC462.T86 .G (BST), also available in MOST A1 library.

Mössbauer spectroscopy, N. N. Greenwood, T. C. Gibb, London : Chapman and Hall, 1971, Ref : B602672 (BST)

Mössbauer effects in lattice dynamics : experimental, technique and applications, Yi-Long Chen, Wiley VCH, 2007, Ref : A115025 (BST)

Mössbauer spectroscopy, Tutorials for BAC3 level, Y. Yoshida, G. Langouche Eds., Springer, 2013, Ref. A 1 14 QC491.M (BST), also available in MOST A1 library.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [120] in Chemistry

Master [60] in Chemistry