Understanding trends in surface reactivity

COLL 108

Jens K. Norskov, Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
Electronic structure methods give an unprecedented insight into surface chemical processes, and it allows us to disentangle geometrical and electronic structure effects surface reactivity. The calculations also allow us to begin understanding variations in reactivity from one metal surface to the next. By combining with experimental results a detailed picture of the way metal surfaces can act as catalysts for chemical reactions may be developed.