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  • Author(s)Gabor A. Somorjai / Yimin Li
  • Edition1
  • Published21st May 2010
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc (US)
  • ISBN
Now updated-the current state of development of modern surface

Since the publication of the first edition of this book,
molecular surface chemistry and catalysis science have developed
rapidly and expanded into fields where atomic scale and molecular
information were previously not available. This revised edition of
Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis reflects
this increase of information in virtually every chapter. It
emphasizes the modern concepts of surface chemistry and catalysis
uncovered by breakthroughs in molecular-level studies of surfaces
over the past three decades while serving as a reference source for
data and concepts related to properties of surfaces and

The book opens with a brief history of the evolution of surface
chemistry and reviews the nature of various surfaces and interfaces
encountered in everyday life. New research in two crucial
areas-nanomaterials and polymer and biopolymer interfaces-is
emphasized, while important applications in tribology and
catalysis, producing chemicals and fuels with high turnover and
selectivity, are addressed. The basic concepts surrounding various
properties of surfaces such as structure, thermodynamics, dynamics,
electrical properties, and surface chemical bonds are presented.
The techniques of atomic and molecular scale studies of surfaces
are listed with references to up-to-date review papers. For
advanced readers, this book covers recent developments in in-situ
surface analysis such as high- pressure scanning tunneling
microscopy, ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and
sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG). Tables
listing surface structures and data summarizing the kinetics of
catalytic reactions over metal surfaces are also included.

New to this edition:

  • A discussion of new physical and chemical properties of

  • Ways to utilize new surface science techniques to study
    properties of polymers, reaction intermediates, and mobility of
    atoms and molecules at surfaces

  • Molecular-level studies on the origin of the selectivity for
    several catalytic reactions

  • A microscopic understanding of mechanical properties of

  • Updated tables of experimental data

  • A new chapter on "soft" surfaces, polymers, and

Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis serves as
a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students taking advanced
courses in physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science,
as well as researchers in surface science, catalysis science, and
their applications.

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