Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis Nanoscience, 4th Edition

Book coverBy Kurt W Kolasinski
ISBN 978-1-119-54663-4 (Hardcover)
978-1-119-54668-9 (eBook)

"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.

From the Back Cover

The revised and enhanced fourth edition of Surface Science covers all the essential techniques and phenomena that are relevant to the field. The text elucidates the structural, dynamical, thermodynamic and kinetic principles concentrating on gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces. These principles allow for an understanding of how and why chemical transformations occur at surfaces. The author (a noted expert on in the field) combines the required chemistry, physics and mathematics to create a text that is accessible and comprehensive.

The fourth edition incorporates new end-of-chapter exercises, the solutions to which are available on-line to demonstrate how problem solving that is relevant to surface science should be performed. Each chapter begins with simple principles and builds to more advanced ones. The advanced topics provide material beyond the introductory level and highlight some frontier areas of study. This updated new edition:

  • Contains an expanded treatment of STM and AFM as well as super-resolution microscopy
  • Reviews advances in the theoretical basis of catalysis and the use of activity descriptors for rational catalyst design
  • Extends the discussion of two-dimensional solids to reflect remarkable advances in their growth and characterization
  • Delves deeper into the surface science of electrochemistry and charge transfer reactions
  • Updates the “Frontiers and Challenges” sections at the end of each chapter as well as the list of references
  • Written for students, researchers and professionals, the fourth edition of Surface Science offers a revitalized text that contains the tools and a set of principles for understanding the field.


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