Catalysis at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity
Presenter: Gerhard Ertl
Published: July 2015
Age: 18-22 and upwards
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This lecture addresses the question if spatio-temporal self-organisation of matter which is so characteristic for living systems can also be verified with a simple inorganic reaction in which the observed phenomena of complexity can be traced back to properties oft the atoms and described by simple physical laws. This is illustrated with experiments with the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide on a platinum surface.