Students are familiar with the concepts and methods used to characterize and describe nanoscale forms of matter in the size range from single atoms to solids.
Classification and production of clusters, size-dependent cluster properties, non-scalable regime . Noble gas, molecular, metal, ionic and microsolvated clusters. Experimental characterisation of cluster, characterisation of cluster properties in the gas phase and on surfaces: mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy and scanning microscopy. Clusters in the atmosphere, catalytic properties of deposited clusters, cluster beam synthesis of nanostructured materials.