From Atoms to Complexity: Reactions at Surfaces

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Presenter: Gerhard Ertl

Published: July 2014

Age: 18-22 and upwards

Views: 848 views

Tags: chemistry;catalysis;organic;synthesis

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Lindau-Nobel


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The interaction of molecules with the surfaces of solids forms the basis of heterogeneous catalysis and can now be investigated in atomic detail. Systems of this kind may, on the other hand, serve as models for studying self-organisation of matter leading to some of the complex structures in nature as will be demonstrated by examples.