This course will not be given in 2018-2019!
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
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%)
Biennial course. This course will not be given in 2018-2019.