Catalysis Letters

, Volume 141, Issue 2, pp 222–223 | Cite as

Model Systems in Catalysis—Single Crystals to Supported Enzyme Mimics

Robert M. Rioux (ed). Springer, New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, 2010, xix + 526 pp, $199.00
  • B. C. Gates
Book Review

This timely book presents 23 chapters that are snapshots emphasizing recent research on model solid catalysts. The models have simpler, more uniform, and better-defined structures than practical catalysts, which are notorious for their surface heterogeneity.

The sequence of chapters begins with modern work on single crystals of metal, representing essentially classical ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) surface science. It extends to the newer topics of single metal crystals with surfaces that are intrinsically chiral or made chiral by adsorption of organic molecules. Single crystals of metal oxides are represented by TiO2 and UO2, and metal phosphides and carbides are also considered briefly. The next chapters, reflecting a significant evolution in the UHV surface-science approach to catalyst characterization, focus on models with increasing structural complexity and similarity to high-area catalysts such as supported metals. These models include thin oxide films grown on metal single crystals...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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