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Dynamics of Molecule-Surface Reactions (DST)


Admission requirements

Elective course in MSc Chemistry, MSc Life Science and Technology

For students with a BSc in MST, LST or equivalent who have completed at least one course theoretical chemistry and a course on spectroscopy.


This course addresses results of both dynamics calculations and experiments on molecule-surface reactions, based on recent papers from the scientific literature. Where possible, a comparison is made where results are available from both approaches. Subjects include: the effect of the collision energy and the initial rovibrational state of the reacting molecule on the dissociative chemisorption of diatomic molecules (e.g. H2, N2, and O2) and a polyatomic molecule (CH4), the effect of "alignment" and "orientation" on the dissociative chemisorption of diatomic molecules (H2 and NO), and the final state distribution” in Eley-Rideal reactions.

Course objectives

After the course, students:

  • are able to read and analyse specialist literature within the field of molecule-surface reaction dynamics

  • are able to describe the state-of-the-art of experiments and theory in the field

  • are able to interrelate theoretical and experimental work done on similar systems

  • can present orally a resume of a scientific article from the field with aid of presentation software (e.g. MS PowerPoint) highlighting crucial aspects and including relevant details

  • can articulate critical questions and accurate answers about the contents of such scientific articles

  • can explain various types of motivations used to justify research performed in this field


Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes.

Mode of instruction

Discussion meetings

Assessment method

Oral exam (70%) + presentation by students (30%)

Reading list

Scientific papers from the literature as outlined in the syllabus and slides from introductory two hour lecture by Kroes


Register for this course via uSis


Prof. dr. G.J. Kroes


Biennial course. This course will not be offered in 2022-23.