Cover Image Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis Nanoscience, 3rd Edition
    By Kurt W Kolasinski
    ISBN 978-1-1199-9036-9 (Hardcover)
    978-1-1199-9035-2 (Paperback)

"This book should be compulsory reading for every postgraduate student starting to do research in surface science and is probably the best book on the market for undergraduate students." (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre Reviews, Vol 9, Issue 2, December 2008)

"My three favorite things about the book are the writing style, the bibliography, and the 'frontiers and challenges' sections near the end of each chapter.... The best thing about Kolasinski's writing is that he simultaneously writes concisely and informatively.... I would happily adopt this text in a surface science course for advanced undergraduate students or beginning graduate students."
C. M. Woodbridge J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87 (3), pp 272-274

This website is intended to enhance the use of Surface Science as a learning tool. In the Supplemental Material below you will find additional end of chapter exercises and other useful information and links. This site contains the figures from the book in a downloadable format, links to other sites of potential interest and a list of corrections to the text. If you have any questions or comments about the text you can send an email to me.

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From the back cover

Surface science has evolved from being a sub-field of chemistry or physics, and has now established itself as an interdisciplinary topic. Knowledge has developed sufficiently that we can now understand catalysis from a surface science perspective. No-where is the underpinning nature of surface science better illustrated than with nanoscience.

Now in its third edition, this successful textbook aims to provide students with an understanding of chemical transformations and the formation of structures at surfaces. The chapters build from simple to more advanced principles with each featuring exercises, which act not only to demonstrate concepts arising in the text but also to form an integral part of the book, with the last eight chapters featuring worked solutions.

This completely revised and expanded edition features:

  • Features a modern molecular view of surface delivered with a careful pedagogical approach to chemical reaction dynamics.
  • Introduces both theoretical and experimental techniques, with an extensive bibliography.
  • More than 100 new pages of extensive worked solutions, which highlight problem solving skills relevant to frontier research and industrially relevant processes.
  • New topics, including: Second harmonic generation (SHG), Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) at interfaces and capillary waves
  • An expanded treatment of charge transfer and carbon-based materials including graphene
  • Extended "Frontiers and Challenges" sections at the end of each chapter.

This text is suitable for all students taking courses in surface science in Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, as well as for researchers and professionals requiring an up-to-date review of the subject.



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Table of Contents

    Supplemental material
1. Bulk & Surface Structure
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2. Experimental Probes & Techniques
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    3. Chemisorption, Physisorption and Dynamics
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4. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Adsorption & Desorption
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5. Liquid Interfaces
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6. Heterogeneous Catalysis
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7. Growth & Epitaxy
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8. Laser and Nonthermal Chemistry:Photon & Electron
    Stimulated Chemistry & Atom Manipulation
    Supplemental material
Appendix A: Fundamental Constants & Conversion Factors
Appendix B: Abbreviations.
Appendix C: Symbols.
Appendix D: Useful Mathematical Expressions.

Figures for Downloading

Links to the figures of the third edition are found in the table below.

Fig I.1
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Chapter 1
Fig 1.1
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
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Chapter 8
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I made a terrible mix up on the figures in Chapter 10. First, it should be noted that Fig. 2.31(a) has an added row of adatoms that should not be there. The corrected figure is included above. Then in Chapter 10, only reciprocal space lattices have been given. The combined reciprocal space and real space lattices can be found in the figures below.

Chapter 10 LEED Figures
Fig Ex 2.10(a)
Fig Ex 2.10(b)
Fig Ex 2.11(a)
Fig Ex 2.11(b)
Fig Ex 2.12(a)
Fig Ex 2.12(d)
Fig Ex 2.12(f)
Fig Ex 2.12(g)
Fig Ex 2.12(i)
Fig Ex 2.14(a)
Fig Ex 2.14(b)
Fig Ex 2.14(c)
Fig Ex 2.14(d)
Fig Ex 2.14(e)
Fig Ex 2.14(f)
Fig Ex 2.14(g)
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Fig Ex 2.19