CET778 Surface Analysis

Course Provider

School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)



Academic Unit



Physical characterisation of materials is the measurement and evaluation of the properties of materials. It is essential for the development of materials, for materials failure investigation and routine assessment. Thermal analysis constituted a group of characterisation techniques in which the thermal properties of materials are characterised. Materials in service are subjected to extreme and fluctuating temperature conditions. As the properties and performance of materials are intimately related to the temperature, a group of thermal analysis techniques covering TGA, DSC, DTA, TMA etc… in which the physical properties of materials are measured as a function of temperature whilst the material is subjected to a controlled temperature are employed to characterise materials. Surface analysis is the study of the surface properties of materials. It is concerned with the study of the structure and binding state of the atoms on the top surface layer (< 10 nanometers). Surface Analysis are routine activities of surface inspection and is employed extensively in areas of research such as corrosion, adhesion, polymer surface treatment and microelectronics fabrication. In the module on surface analysis, the course will be focused on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES).

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization
- FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 15 Jan 2024 to 19 Apr 2024

    Venue: NTU Virtual Learning Environment

    Registration Closing Date: 10 Dec 2023

At the end of the course, learners  are able to:

1. Select and evaluate physical characterisation techniques, namely surface analysis, for the investigation of material performance and;

2. Develop laboratory facilities for surface analysis.

1. Introduction to Surface Analysis
2. Spectroscopy
3. Principle of X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy, Instrumentation (XPS)
4. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Interpretation of XPS spectrum
5. Principle of Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Instrumentation
6. Interpretation of Electron Spectrum from XPS and AES
7. Application of XPS and AES in Materials Science
8. Other Surface Analysis Techniques

Suitable for professionals working in Engineering, Quality Control, Failure Analysis, Manufacturing and R&D.

Brief screening/shortlist of applicants involved in this course.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,275.48

SSG Funding Support

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization (total 15AUs).
    • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.