Comments on the Cluster Approach to Chemisorption

  • R. A. van Santen
  • M. C. Zonnevylle
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 283)


Cluster size and shape effects on the chemical bonding of adsorbed molecules and atoms are summarized. Highlighted are electronic structure features that control coordination preferences. Pauli-repulsion as well as orbital symmetry effects play an important role. Orbital symmetry effects are discussed in terms of symmetry adapted group orbitais. Examples are given for CO, NH3 and H2 adsorbed to group VIII and IB metal clusters.


Chemisorption clusters coordination electronic structure orbital symmetry group orbital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. van Santen
    • 1
  • M. C. Zonnevylle
    • 2
  1. 1.Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Faculty of Chemical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Kon/Shell LAboratoriumAmsterdam (Shell Research BV)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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