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Dynamics of Molecule-Surface Reactions


Dynamics of molecule-surface reactions
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Core course in MSc Chemistry – Energy & Sustainability, elective course MSc Chemistry, MSc Life Science and Technology


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.

Type of teaching

Discussion meetings, one introductory lecture.




Theoretical Chemistry 1


Scientific papers from the literature as will be outlined in syllabus, + slides from two 2-hour lectures


Oral or written exam depending on number of attending students (70%) + presentation by students (30%).

Contact Information

Prof. dr. G.J. Kroes
Dr. L. Juurlink

Additional info

Biennial course, scheduled for 2015-2016.