Surface Science & Probes 2019

Call for Application – Winter school comprising series of lectures and worksops on the frontiers of surface science research.

Photo by Louis Reed

Event Details


IISER Thiruvananthapuram
Vithura, Maruthamala P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala 695551 India


February 04, 2019 4:30 am - February 07, 2019 11:30 am Asia/India (UTC+05:30)

As a part of the decennial celebrations of Indian institute of Science and Education (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram, the school of physics in collaboration with swissnex India is hosting a winter school on Surface Science and Probes. The winter school comprises a series of lectures on the frontiers of surface science research, delivered by eminent scientists from India and abroad. The workshops explore associated experimental and theoretical techniques exploited to study physical/ chemical phenomena at surfaces and interfaces. 

Workshop themes: Exhaustive tutorial would be delivered by eminent scientists on particular surface characterization techniques including instrumentation, data collection, data interpretation etc.The techniques identified are as follows:

  • Photoemission spectroscopy (XPS-UPS-ARPES)
  • Scanning Probe techniques (STM-AFM)
  • Raman and Photoluminescence imaging techniques
  • Thin film deposition and in situ characterizations
  • Tribology and Bio-interfaces

Mentors from Switzerland at SSPro-2019

Nicholas D. Spencer was elected Full Professor of Surface Science and Technology at the ETH Zurich in 1993. From 1996-1998 and from 2002-2006 he served as Chairman of the Department of Materials. From 2005-2007 he was the first Director of the ETH Materials Research Center. From 2007 to 2015 he was President of the ETH Research Commission. The principal areas of his research are biocompatibility, tribology, and surface functionalization and analysis. Important surface-analytical approaches used in his group include x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the surface-forces apparatus, atomic force microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy and several methods for the characterization of the liquid-solid interface. He is editor-in-chief of the journal "Tribology Letters".
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Spencer
ETH Zurich
Silvia Schintke is a full professor of physics and nano and microtechnology at HEIG-VD, a partner with the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland. In her role, Prof. Dr. Schintke conducts advanced, progressive and forward-looking research, and breaks new grounds in the area of electronic structuring, as well. Using scanning probe microscopy techniques, Prof. Dr. Schintke directs with her laboratory COMATEC-LANS at HEIG-VD, joint national and international applied R&D projects, as well as industrial collaborations in the field of nanoscience and nanostructured material applications in electronics, photovoltaics and microtechnics.
Prof. Dr. Silvia Schintke
School of Engineering & Business, Canton of Vaud (HEIG-VD)


Read more – Prof. Dr. Nicholas SpencerProf. Dr. Silvia Schintke

Apply: Students with Master Degree or current PhD students are encouraged to apply for the winter school.To apply for SSPro-2019, write to Dr. Vinayak Kamble, IISER TVM (