It is now widely known that surface or interface between materials exhibits interesting physical properties different from bulk properties due to the differences in crystal structure, coordination number, chemical bonding, and so on. Surface science is a interdisciplinary research are, dealing with the phenomena stemming from the surface and/or interface regions.
Physical properties originating from surface and/or interface have been widely used in our daily life. In addition, exploration of new functionality and its development have been actively made. In Research Laboratory for Surface Science(RLSS), researchers in two sections (Thin film and Surface Physics and Film Powders and Surface Chemistry) make developments of useful thin films, characterization of surface and interface, establishments of method of controlling, synthesis of functional nanoparitcles in order to contribute to saving resources and energy as well as environmental protection.