Metal atom interaction with reactive intermediates on single crystal surfaces

COLL 109

Robert J Madix, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Metal surfaces afford free metal atoms that can interact with reactive intermediates, providing stabilization and affecting their rates of reaction. In this talk examples of this phenomenon will be discussed for nickel, copper and silver surfaces. These examples make it clear that for ab initio calculations of either the bonding or reaction rates of reactive intermediates complexation by metal atoms must be considered.