Introduction

After the success of the previous schools in Golm (2008) and Dresden (2009) the upcoming 2010 school will be organized by the Chemical Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. The school will be held from Tuesday 13 until and including Friday 16 April 2010. As during the previous schools, all surface analytical methods will be discussed, but this year the emphasis will be on surface chemistry.

The main characteristic of the school is the strong emphasis on learning. Experts in the field introduce the basic material in tutorials that are followed by workshops where exercises related to the presented material are worked on. Other tutorials specifically deal with analysis methods that are followed by case studies where selected experimental data sets are analyzed by groups of students. Additional lectures are given to show the "state of the art" of the presented methods.

For this year's school the emphasis is on characterization - by means of scattering techniques, non-linear optics, and force measurement - as well as on chemical modification by films, patterning and self-assembly. On the fundamental side, emphasis will be on surface forces and on wetting phenomena.