An Introduction to Surface Chemistry

Written by: Roger M. Nix (Queen Mary, University of London)

This introductory text was written by Dr. Roger M. Nix of the School of Biological & Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. Surface chemistry “can be roughly defined as the study of chemical reactions at interfaces…it is of particular importance to the field of heterogeneous catalysis.”

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Table of Contents for An Introduction to Surface Chemistry Online Textbook

1. Structure of Solid Surfaces
1.1 Introduction ( & Miller Indices)
1.2 Surface Structures : fcc metals
1.3 Surface Structures : hcp metals
1.4 Surface Structures : bcc metals
1.5 Energetics of Surfaces
1.6 Relaxation & Reconstruction
1.7 Particulate Metals
1.8 Other Single Crystal Surfaces
2. Adsorption of Molecules on Surfaces
2.1 Introduction to Molecular Adsorption
2.2 How do Molecules Bond to Surfaces?
2.3 Kinetics of Adsorption
2.4 PE Curves & Energetics of Adsorption
2.5 Adsorbate Geometries ∓ Structures
2.6 The Desorption Process
3. The Langmuir Isotherm
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Derivation – from Equilibrium Considerations
3.3 Derivation – from Kinetic Considerations
3.4 Variation of Surface Coverage with T & P
3.5 Applications : Kinetics of Catalytic Reactions
4. UHV & Effects of Gas Pressure
4.1 What is Ultra-high Vacuum (UHV)?
4.2 Why is UHV required for Surface Studies?
4.3 Exercises – Effects of Gas Pressure
5. Surface Analytical Techniques
5.1 Surface Sensitivity & Specificity
5.2 Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
5.3 Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS & UPS)
5.4 Vibrational Spectroscopy (IR & EELS)
5.5 Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS)
5.6 Temperature Programmed Techniques (TPD ∓ TPRS)
6. Overlayer Structures & Surface Diffraction
6.1 Classification of Overlayer Structures
6.2 Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED)
6.3 Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED)
6.4 Examples of Surface Structures
7. Surface Imaging & Depth Profiling
7.1 Basic Concepts in Imaging & Localised Spectroscopy
7.2 Electron Microscopy – SEM & SAM
7.3 Imaging XPS
7.4 SIMS Imaging & Depth Profiling
7.5 Auger Depth Profiling
7.6 Scanning Probe Microscopy (STM/AFM)

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