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Dynamics of Molecule-Surface Reactions (DST)


This biennial course will not be given in 2020-21. Shown below is the course description for 2019-20 as reference.

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.

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

Type of teaching

Discussion meetings




Theoretical Chemistry 1 , Spectroscopy


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


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

Additional info

Biennial course.