Elementary Chemical Processes on Surfaces and Heterogeneous Catalysis

  • A. Hamnett
Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)


From the perspective of the chemist, the major thrust of research on surfaces has always been to further the understanding we have of the chemical processes that take place during heterogeneous catalysis. The last twenty years have seen an enormous growth in the detailed molecular information available at the solid-gas interface, and our ability both to comprehend the mode of action of traditional catalysts and to engage in the design of new catalysts has grown apace. Much of this information has emerged from a plethora of new techniques involving the elastic or inelastic scattering of electrons or atoms. These techniques are specific to the solid-gas interface; our level of understanding of the liquid-solid interface is at a much more primitive level, and this chapter will therefore not be concerned primarily with the latter.


Inelastic Scattering Heterogeneous Catalysis Transition Series Dissociative Chemisorption Nickel Boride 
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  • A. Hamnett
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe UniversityNewcastle upon TyneEngland

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