Structure and reactivity of solid surfaces

  • Gerhard Ertl
Part of the Advances in Solid State Physics book series (ASSP, volume 27)


The geometric configuration of the atoms in the surface of a solid is correlated with their valence electronic properties and thereby also with their chemical reactivity towards molecules interacting from the gas phase. Several aspects of these interactions are briefly reviewed: The atomic structure of clean single surfaces and their changes by bond formation (chemisorption), the formation of chemisorbed phases with long-range order and associated phase transitions, the dynamics of the gas-surface interaction processes, as well as temporal oscillations in a catalytic reaction coupled to periodic structural transformations of a surface.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Ertl
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  1. 1.Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-GesellschaftBerlin (West) 33Germany

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