Gas-Surface Interactions

Basic Thermodynamics and Recent Work on Sticking
  • T. B. Grimley
Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)


In this chapter an introduction is provided to two aspects of gas-solid interactions: classical and statistical thermodynamics of adsorption, and the quantum theory of sticking. The thermodynamics of adsorption finds applications principally, but not exclusively, to physisorption systems. Many chemisorption systems widely studied are irreversible; an equilibrium pressure is never measured. This does not mean that desorption of chemisorbed material is not studied. It is, but in an irreversible way, by temperature programmed desorption, for example.


Partition Function Wave Packet Sticking Coefficient Sticking Probability Stick State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. B. Grimley
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  1. 1.Donnan LaboratoriesThe University of LiverpoolLiverpoolEngland

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