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Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, 2nd Edition

Gabor A. Somorjai, Yimin Li

ISBN: 978-0-470-50823-7 June 2010 784 Pages


Now updated-the current state of development of modern surface science

Since the publication of the first edition of this book, molecular surface chemistry and catalysis science have developed rapidly and expanded into fields where atomic scale and molecular information were previously not available. This revised edition of Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis reflects this increase of information in virtually every chapter. It emphasizes the modern concepts of surface chemistry and catalysis uncovered by breakthroughs in molecular-level studies of surfaces over the past three decades while serving as a reference source for data and concepts related to properties of surfaces and interfaces.

The book opens with a brief history of the evolution of surface chemistry and reviews the nature of various surfaces and interfaces encountered in everyday life. New research in two crucial areas-nanomaterials and polymer and biopolymer interfaces-is emphasized, while important applications in tribology and catalysis, producing chemicals and fuels with high turnover and selectivity, are addressed. The basic concepts surrounding various properties of surfaces such as structure, thermodynamics, dynamics, electrical properties, and surface chemical bonds are presented. The techniques of atomic and molecular scale studies of surfaces are listed with references to up-to-date review papers. For advanced readers, this book covers recent developments in in-situ surface analysis such as high- pressure scanning tunneling microscopy, ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG). Tables listing surface structures and data summarizing the kinetics of catalytic reactions over metal surfaces are also included.

New to this edition:

  • A discussion of new physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles

  • Ways to utilize new surface science techniques to study properties of polymers, reaction intermediates, and mobility of atoms and molecules at surfaces

  • Molecular-level studies on the origin of the selectivity for several catalytic reactions

  • A microscopic understanding of mechanical properties of surfaces

  • Updated tables of experimental data

  • A new chapter on "soft" surfaces, polymers, and biointerfaces

Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis serves as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students taking advanced courses in physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science, as well as researchers in surface science, catalysis science, and their applications.

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1 Surfaces: An Introduction.

2 The Structure of Surfaces.

3 Thermodynamics of Surfaces.

4 Dynamics at Surfaces.

5 Electrical Properties of Surfaces.

6 Surface Chemical Bond.

7 Mechanical Properties of Surfaces.

8 Polymer Surfaces and Biointerfaces.

9 Catalysis by Surfaces.


  • Reflects the increase of information expanded into fields where atomic scale and molecular information were previously not available in virtually every chapter
  • Adds a new chapter on “soft” surfaces, polymers and biointerfaces
  • Extends the compilation of techniques available for atomic and molecular level studies of surfaces to include the newly developed instruments that are now available for surface studies
  • Presents molecular-level studies on the origin of the selectivity for several model reactions
  • Provides a microscopic understanding of mechanical properties of surfaces
  • Contains updated tables of experimental data
"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

"It has been extensively revised, especially in the area of nanoparticles." (Chemistry World, August 2010)

  • Describes the basic concepts of surface science with graphical illustrations and experimental results
  • Offers a brief history of the evolution of surface chemistry and a classification of properties of surfaces and interfaces, including clusters and small particles where the science of nanoparticles has shown impressive gains
  • Provides a summary at the end of each chapter reviewing the important conclusions of studies that were discussed
  • Contains problems and solutions

  • Emphasizes the great importance of biointerfaces in biotechnology

  • Includes a brief history and concepts of catalysis followed by discussions of catalyst preparation, techniques of characterization and methods of reaction studies
  • Provides case histories of surface catalysis, ranging from ethylene hydrogenation and ammonia synthesis to the oxidation of carbon monoxide
  • Addresses important applications such as energy conversion, chemical and petroleum refinery, pollution control, microelectronic devices, MEMS, implant materials, biological sensors, and contact lenses