Dynamic Processes on Solid Surfaces

  • Kenzi┬áTamaru

Part of the Fundamental and Applied Catalysis book series (FACA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Masaru Tsukada
    Pages 29-58
  3. Masakazu Aono, Mitsuhiro Katayama, Eiichi Nomura
    Pages 59-67
  4. Yasuhiro Iwasawa
    Pages 91-113
  5. Masaru Ichikawa
    Pages 149-214
  6. Maki Kawai, Tomoji Kawai
    Pages 215-235
  7. Takaharu Onishi
    Pages 237-258
  8. Toshio Okuhara, Makoto Misono
    Pages 259-282
  9. Yoshihiko Moro-oka, Wataru Ueda, De-Hua He
    Pages 283-305
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 349-357

About this book


When we see a jumbo jet at the airport, we sometimes wonder how such a huge, heavy plane can fly high in the sky. To the extent that we think in a static way, it is certainly not understandable. In such a manner, dynamics yields behavior quite different from statics. When we want to prepare an iron nitride, for example, one of the most orthodox ways is to put iron in a nitrogen atmosphere under pressures higher than the dissociation pressure of the iron nitride at temperatures sufficiently high to let the nitrogen penetrate into the bulk iron. This is the way thermodynamics tells us to proceed, which requires an elaborate, expensive high-pressure apparatus, sophisticated techniques, and great efforts. However, if we flow ammonia over the iron, even under low pressures, we can easily prepare the nitride-provided the hydrogen pressure is sufficiently low. Since the nitrogen desorption rate is the determining step of the ammonia decomposition on the iron surface, the virtual pressure of nitrogen at the surface can reach an extremely high level (as is generally accepted) because, in such a dynamic system, the driving force of the ammonia decomposition reaction pushes the nitrogen into the bulk iron to form the nitride. Thus, dynamics is an approach considerably different from statics.


catalysis chirality electrochemistry metals structure

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenzi┬áTamaru
    • 1
  1. 1.Science University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1638-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1636-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0447
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