Chemical Bonding at Surfaces and Interfaces

Edited by Anders Nilsson, Lars G.M. Pettersson and Jens Norskov 
Elsevier  September 2007  

Hardcover  532 pp  ISBN 9780444528377      £65.00
  • Provides examples of how theoretical DFT techniques can be used to design heterogeneous catalysts
  • Covers methods and concepts of surface science where the interactions between a solid and the surrounding gas or liquid is an essential component
  • Shows how chemical bonding at surfaces can be applied in a range of scientific problems

Molecular surface science has made enormous progress in the past 30 years. The development can be characterized by a revolution in fundamental knowledge obtained from simple model systems and by an explosion in the number of experimental techniques. The last 10 years has seen an equally rapid development of quantum mechanical modeling of surface processes using Density Functional Theory (DFT). Chemical Bonding at Surfaces and Interfaces focuses on phenomena and concepts rather than on experimental or theoretical techniques. The aim is to provide the common basis for describing the interaction of atoms and molecules with surfaces and this to be used very broadly in science and technology.

The book begins with an overview of structural information on surface adsorbates and discusses the structure of a number of important chemisorption systems. Chapter 2 describes in detail the chemical bond between atoms or molecules and a metal surface in the observed surface structures. A detailed description of experimental information on the dynamics of bond-formation and bond-breaking at surfaces make up Chapter 3. Followed by an in-depth analysis of aspects of heterogeneous catalysis based on the d-band model. In Chapter 5 adsorption and chemistry on the enormously important Si and Ge semiconductor surfaces are covered. In the remaining two Chapters the book moves on from solid-gas interfaces and looks at solid-liquid interface processes. In the final chapter an overview is given of the environmentally important chemical processes occurring on mineral and oxide surfaces in contact with water and electrolytes.

Of interest to readers in surface science and connected fields such as heterogeneous catalysis, electrochemistry, biomaterials, molecular environmental science and semiconductor interface science.



  • Chapter 1: Surface Structure (D.P. Woodruff).
  • Chapter 2: Absorbate Electronic Structure and Bonding on Metal Surfaces (A. Nilsson, L.G. Moody Petersson).
  • Chapter 3: The Dynamics of Making and Breaking Bonds at Surfaces (A.C. Luntz).
  • Chapter 4: Heterogenous Catalysis (T. Bligaard, J.K. Norskov).
  • Chapter 5: Semiconductor Surface Chemistry (S.F. Bent).
  • Chapter 6: Surface Electrochemistry (P. Strasser, Hirohito Ogasawara).
  • Chapter 7: Geochemistry of Mineral Surfaces and Factors Affecting their Chemical Reactivity (G.E. Brown et al.).

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