Physics and Chemistry at Oxide Surfaces

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This book summarizes the present state of knowledge on the microscopic behaviour of oxide surfaces. The first chapter of the book summarizes classical approaches, introduces the concept of ionicity, and describes the mixed iono-covalent character of the oxygen cation bond in bulk materials. The next three chapters focus on the characteristics of the atomic structure (relaxation, rumpling and reconstruction effects), the electronic structure (band width, gap width, etc.) and the excitations of clean surfaces. Metal-oxide interfaces are considered in the fifth chapter with special emphasis on the microscopic interfacial interactions responsible for adhesion. The last chapter develops the concepts underlying acid-base reactions on oxide surfaces, which are used in catalysis, in adhesion science, and in colloid physics, and discusses their applicability to the adsorption of hydroxyl groups. A comprehensive list of references is included. This book will be of interest to graduate students or researchers, to experimentalists and theorists in solid state physics, chemistry and physical chemistry.
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'As a highly readable introduction to this subject, the book will be of value to the advanced undergraduate or post-graduate student … also provides an excellent point of reference for established researchers in this field.' Nicholas M. Harrison, Acta Crystallographica
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521018579
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Atomic structure of surfaces 42
3 Electronic structure of surfaces 68
4 Surface excitations 106
5 Metal-oxide interfaces 128
6 Acid-base properties 160
References 202
Index 221
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