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Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis [Hardcover]

Gabor A. Somorjai , Yimin Li
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June 8, 2010 047050823X 978-0470508237 2
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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Editorial Reviews


"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)


"I would highly recommend publishing this book.  His addition of bio-surfaces and nanoparticle catalysis to this second edition is timely and appropriate."  --David Catsner, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Washington at Seattle

"The treatment of this material is certainly authoritative. Somorajai is the leading figure in the world in the field of surface chemistry." -- Professor Steven Bernasek, Chemistry, Princeton University


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047050823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470508237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Extensive and thorough July 21, 2005
This is one of the better and more complete books on surface science. The book devotes seperate chapters to the various aspects of surfaces, such as structure, dynamics, thermodynamics, reactions at surfaces, etc... The chemistry and physics of surfaces are covered in detail, and many topics are explained in detail; i.e. the difference between chemisorption and physiosorption. The various properties of surfaces (work function, electron affinity, reconstructions) are explained and literature data is provided through extensive use of tables, charts and figures. This book would serve as a good textbook for a class on the same topic. This book would also serve as a great reference book. The end of each chapter contains an extensive list of references. The book includes a large list of acronyms commonly used in surface science. There are also extensive lists of experimental data of surfaces; an example is the list of known reconstructions for both bare surfaces and surfaces terminated with different molecules.

There are four major limitations to this text. First, it covers the science of surfaces from a non-biological point of view. Second, there is no dedicated chapter on techniques used for analyzing surfaces. Instead, the different techniques are described in the sections that deal with related properties. For example, the work function, electron affinity, and techniques used to determine these properties are all described in the chapter on electrical properties. Third, this book was printed in 1994, making it somewhat dated, especially in a field that is growing as rapidly as surface science. Last, there is very little discussion of how computer modeling, specifically quantum mechanical calculations, can be used to study surfaces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and quick delivery September 10, 2013
By rocky
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This is a great book for surface science. The book was brand new. I received it 3 days after I placed the order. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro book June 26, 2000
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Great book for beginners in the field. Very comprehensive written by one of the most respected figure in surface science.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I have never received my book! September 26, 2007
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I have purchased this book but I have never received it. You have lost my stuff and now I have not got my money back!
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