Includes the van Arkel lectures 2011.
This course addresses results of experiments and dynamics calculations on reactive and non-reactive scattering of molecules from metal surfaces, based on recent papers from the scientific literature. Where possible, theory is confronted with experiment, and vice versa. Subjects include: experiments and calculations providing evidence of non-adiabatic effects in molecule-surface scattering, reactions of radicals with metal surfaces, the effects of phonons on molecule-surface reactions, the effect of the collision energy and the initial rovibrational state of the reacting molecule on the dissociative chemisorption of a diatomic molecule (H2) and of a polyatomic molecule (CH4), the effect of “alignment” and “orientation” on the dissociative chemisorpton of diatomic molecules ((H2 and NO). This lecture series includes 6 two-hour lectures by the van Arkel Professor 2011, Prof. Daniel Auerbach.
A list of scientific papers to be read will be distributed.
BSc in chemistry or Physics, although the classes (but not the exam) are open to other students as well.
In the academic year 2011-2012, this course replaces the usual biennial DST course presented by Kroes.