Theory of Adsorption-Desorption Kinetics and Dynamics

  • S. Holloway
Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)


The dynamics of gas-surface processes is one of the fastest developing areas within surface science. After the initial thrust to understand electronic, vibrational, and structural properties of clean and adsorbate covered surfaces, it is obvious that the next logical step is to understand the details of kinetic and dynamic phenomena. Following from the expertise developed in gas-phase studies (both experimental and theoretical), it is now possible to address a diverse range of fundamental problems which have considerable technological interest. The application of molecular beam scattering and laser diagnostic and pumping techniques to study the interaction of atoms and small molecules with well-characterized metal surfaces promises to revolutionize our understanding of the detailed dynamics involved in gas-surface interactions. For example, it is now possible to measure directly the vibrational and translational energy dependence of dissociative chemisorption at metal surfaces(1) and probe the internal energy distributions of scattered(2) or desorbed molecules.(3)


Activation Barrier Dissociative Adsorption Transition State Theory Translational Energy Dissociative Chemisorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Holloway
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  1. 1.Surface Science Research CentreUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolEngland

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