Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis and Nanoscience / Edition 2

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Surface chemistry is an essential and developing area of physical chemistry and one that has become increasingly interdisciplinary. The Second Edition of Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis and Nanoscience has been fully revised and updated to reflect all the latest developments in the field and now includes an extensive discussion about nanoparticle growth and the quantum confinement effects in nanoscale systems. Two new chapters have been added and discuss The Liquid/Solid Interface and Non-Thermal Reactions, and Photon and Electron Stimulated Chemistry and Atom Manipulation. There are now many more worked examples included throughout to help students develop their problem-solving skills.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book should be compulsory reading for every postgraduate student starting to do research in surface science and is probably the best book on the market for undergraduate students." (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, December 2008)
From The Critics
Approaching surface science as the underpinning of nanotechnology and heterogenous catalysts, Kolasinski (U. of London, UK) covers surface structure, experimental probe techniques, reaction types and mechanisms, the thermodynamics and kinetics of surface processes, and the dynamics of growth (including the type crucial to semiconductor processing). Includes scanning tunneling microscopy images, diagrams, summaries of key concepts, exercises, further reading, and appended material on mathematical expressions and notation for students and researchers in surface chemistry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470033043
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


I.1 Heterogeneous Catalysis

I.2 Why Surfaces?

I.3 Where Are Heterogeneous Reactions Important?

I.3.1 Haber-Bosch Process

I.3.2 Fischer-Tropsch Chemistry

I.3.3 Three-Way Catalyst

I.4 Semiconductor Processing And Nanotechnology

I.5 Other Areas Of Relevance

I.6 Structure Of The Book


Chapter 1. Bulk And Surface Structure

1.1 Clean Surface Structure

1.2 Reconstruction And Adsorbate Structure

1.3 Band Structure Of Solids

1.4 The Vibrations Of Solids

1.5 Summary Of Important Concepts

1.6 Frontiers And Challenges

1.7 Further Reading

1.8 Exercises


Chapter 2. Experimental Probes And Techniques

2.1 Ultrahigh Vacuum

2.2 Light And Electron Sources

2.3 Molecular Beams

2.4 Scanning Probe Techniques

2.5 Low Energy Electron Diffraction (Leed)

Advanced Topic: Leed Structure Determination

2.6 Electron Spectroscopy

2.7 Vibrational Spectroscopy

2.8 Other Surface Analytical Techniques

2.9 Summary Of Important Concepts

2.10 Frontiers And Challenges

2.11 Further Reading

2.12 Exercises


Chapter 3. Chemisorption, Physisorption And Dynamics

3.1 Types Of Interactions

3.2 Binding Sites And Diffusion

3.3 Physisorption

Advanced Topic: Theoretical Description Of Physisorption

3.4 Non-Dissociative Chemisorption

3.5 Dissociative Chemisorption: H2 On A Simple Metal

3.6 What Determines The Reactivity Of Metals?

3.7 Atoms And Molecules Incident On A Surface

3.8 Microscopic Reversibility In Ad/Desorption Phenomena

3.9 The Influence Of Individual Degrees Of Freedom On Adsorption And Desorption

3.10 Translations, Corrugation, Surface Atom Motions

3.11 Rotations And Adsorption

3.12 Vibrations And Adsorption

3.13 Competitive Adsorption And Collision Induced Processes

Advanced Topic: High Energy Collisions

3.14 Classification Of Reaction Mechanisms

3.15 Measurement Of Sticking Coefficients

3.16 Summary Of Important Concepts

3.17 Frontiers And Challenges

3.18 Further Reading

3.19 Exercises


Chapter 4. Thermodynamics And Kinetics Of Adsorption & Desorption

4.1 Thermodynamics Of Ad/Desorption

4.2 Adsorption Isotherms From Thermodynamics

4.3 Lateral Interactions

4.4 Rate Of Desorption

4.5 Kinetics Of Adsorption

4.6 Adsorption Isotherms From Kinetics

4.7 Temperature Programmed Desorption (Tpd)

4.8 Summary Of Important Concepts

4.9 Frontiers And Challenges

4.10 Further Reading

4.11 Exercises


Chapter 5 Liquid Interfaces

5.1 Structure Of The Liquid/Solid Interface

5.3 Liquid Films

5.4 Langmuir Films

5.5 Langmuir-Blodgett Films

5.6 Self Assembled Monolayers (Sams)

5.7 Thermodynamics Of Liquid Interfaces

5.8 Electrified And Charged Interfaces

5.9 Summary Of Important Concepts

5.10 Frontiers And Challenges

5.11 Further Reading

5.12 Exercises


Chapter 6. Heterogeneous Catalysis

6.1 The Prominence Of Heterogeneous Reactions

6.2 Measurement Of Surface Kinetics And Reaction Mechanisms

6.3 Haber-Bosch Process

6.4 From Microscopic Kinetics To Catalysis

6.5 Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis And Related Chemistry

6.6 The Three-Way Automotive Catalyst

6.7 Promoters

6.8 Poisons

6.9 Bimetallic & Bifunctional Catalysts

6.10 Rate Oscillations And Spatiotemporal Pattern Formation

Advanced Topic: Cluster Assembled Catalysts

6.11 Sabatier Analysis And Optimal Catalyst Selection

6.12 Summary Of Important Concepts

6.13 Frontiers And Challenges

6.13 Further Reading

6.14 Exercises


Chapter 7. Growth And Epitaxy

7.1 Stress And Strain

7.2 Types Of Interfaces

7.3 Surface Energy, Surface Tension & Strain Energy

7.4 Growth Modes

7.5 Nucleation Theory

7.6 Growth Away From Equilibrium

7.7 Techniques For Growing Layers

7.8 Catalytic Growth Of Nanotubes And Nanowires

7.9 Etching

Chapter 8 Laser & Non-Thermal Chemistry: Photon And Electron Stimulated Chemistry & Atom Manipulation

8.1 Laser Excitation Of Surfaces

8.2 Mechanisms Of Electron And Photon Stimulated Processes

8.3 Photon And Electron Induced Chemistry At Surfaces

8.4 Charge Transfer & Electrochemistry

8.5 Tip Induced Process: Mechanisms Of Atom Manipulation

8.6 Summary Of Important Concepts

8.7 Frontiers And Challenges

8.8 Further Reading

8.9 Exercises


Appendix I. Fundamental Constants And Conversion Factors

Appendix II. Abbreviations

Appendix III. Symbols

Appendix IV. Useful Mathematical Expressions

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