Applied X-ray spectroscopy


Anna teaches the following courses and you can find more information about them below.

CHEM0077/78/79 – Topics in Modern Chemistry – R4: Photoelectron Spectroscopy Techniques
This is a fourth year undergraduate course covering the key concepts of photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) techniques, in particular variants of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It covers key theoretical concepts, explores state-of-the-art instrumentation approaches in the laboratory, at synchrotrons, and at free electron lasers (FELs), dissects the information within photoelectron spectra, from core to valence states and from exploring the local chemistry to understanding the electronic structure of materials, and it covers a host of specific PES techniques looking at different excitation sources, sample environments, advanced techniques such as depth-, angle- and spin-resolved measurements, as well as closely related techniques including standing waves, photoelectron diffraction, and resonant photoemission.

Lecture slides and online resources including videos are available to all students through Moodle.

CHEM0024/25/26 – Synthesis & Characterisation Techniques in Chemistry
Anna is responsible for the thin film practicals in Synthesis 2 and Instrumental 2 for third year undergraduate students (Practical F, Deposition of Functional Thin-Film Materials by Sol-Gel Synthesis, and P5, Metal Oxide Thin films). In these lab courses, students synthesize thin films of crystalline functional materials and use diffraction and spectroscopy techniques for phase identification of the reaction products. They also explore how surface morphology can affect the wetting properties of thin film materials.

CHEM0080 – Advanced Chemical Research Project
Anna is a member of the examining panel for final year undergraduate research projects.

CDT course – X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
This is a graduate course which is delivered as part of the UCL/Imperial/Trinity College Dublin CDT in Advanced Materials Characterisation. It gives an introduction to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and is split into two parts. Firstly, a number of lectures will cover the background, concepts, technique requirements, types, and applications of XPS. Secondly, the students will have the opportunity to get their hands on some real data and get to grips with different ways of approaching data analysis as well as using one commonly used analysis software package in a practical session.