Skip to Main Content. First published: 26 September About this book Serving as a general introduction to surface and interface science, this book focuses on basic concepts rather than specific details, and on intuitive understanding rather than merely learning facts.
The text reflects the fact that the physics and chemistry of surfaces is a diverse area of research that involves classical scientific and engineering disciplines. As such, it discusses fundamental subjects, such as thermodynamics of interfaces, as well as applied topics including wetting, friction, and lubrication. Following an introduction to the most important techniques and methods, readers will be able to apply simple models to their own scientific problems.
Furthermore, manifold high end technological applications are shown together with the basic scientific treatment, for example AFM, surface technology, biotechnology, microelectronics, and biomaterials. The book is written with advanced students of chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering and related subjects who have a basic knowledge of natural sciences and mathematics in mind.
In addition, scientists and engineers who are not yet specialists in surface science but want to learn more about this important subject will equally benefit. Reviews "A general yet comprehensive introduction to surface and interface science, this book focuses on essential concepts, and includes application from biotechnology to micoelectronics.
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Huang, G. The methods are different. In addition, interface and colloid science studies macroscopic phenomena that occur in heterogeneous systems due to peculiarities of interfaces. The field of surface chemistry started with heterogeneous catalysis pioneered by Paul Sabatier on hydrogenation and Fritz Haber on the Haber process. The Langmuir adsorption equation is used to model monolayer adsorption where all surface adsorption sites have the same affinity for the adsorbing species and do not interact with each other.
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Gerhard Ertl in described for the first time the adsorption of hydrogen on a palladium surface using a novel technique called LEED. Most recent developments in surface sciences include the Nobel prize of Chemistry winner Gerhard Ertl 's advancements in surface chemistry, specifically his investigation of the interaction between carbon monoxide molecules and platinum surfaces.
Surface chemistry can be roughly defined as the study of chemical reactions at interfaces.
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It is closely related to surface engineering , which aims at modifying the chemical composition of a surface by incorporation of selected elements or functional groups that produce various desired effects or improvements in the properties of the surface or interface. Surface science is of particular importance to the fields of heterogeneous catalysis , electrochemistry , and geochemistry. The adhesion of gas or liquid molecules to the surface is known as adsorption.
This can be due to either chemisorption or physisorption , and the strength of molecular adsorption to a catalyst surface is critically important to the catalyst's performance see Sabatier principle. However, it is difficult to study these phenomena in real catalyst particles, which have complex structures. Instead, well-defined single crystal surfaces of catalytically active materials such as platinum are often used as model catalysts. Multi-component materials systems are used to study interactions between catalytically active metal particles and supporting oxides; these are produced by growing ultra-thin films or particles on a single crystal surface.
Relationships between the composition, structure, and chemical behavior of these surfaces are studied using ultra-high vacuum techniques, including adsorption and temperature-programmed desorption of molecules, scanning tunneling microscopy , low energy electron diffraction , and Auger electron spectroscopy. Results can be fed into chemical models or used toward the rational design of new catalysts.
Reaction mechanisms can also be clarified due to the atomic-scale precision of surface science measurements. Electrochemistry is the study of processes driven through an applied potential at a solid-liquid or liquid-liquid interface. The behavior of an electrode-electrolyte interface is affected by the distribution of ions in the liquid phase next to the interface forming the electrical double layer. Adsorption and desorption events can be studied at atomically flat single crystal surfaces as a function of applied potential, time, and solution conditions using spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy  and surface X-ray scattering.
Geologic phenomena such as iron cycling and soil contamination are controlled by the interfaces between minerals and their environment. The atomic-scale structure and chemical properties of mineral-solution interfaces are studied using in situ synchrotron X-ray techniques such as X-ray reflectivity , X-ray standing waves , and X-ray absorption spectroscopy as well as scanning probe microscopy.
For example, studies of heavy metal or actinide adsorption onto mineral surfaces reveal molecular-scale details of adsorption, enabling more accurate predictions of how these contaminants travel through soils  or disrupt natural dissolution-precipitation cycles.
Surface physics can be roughly defined as the study of physical interactions that occur at interfaces. It overlaps with surface chemistry. Some of the topics investigated in surface physics include friction , surface states , surface diffusion , surface reconstruction , surface phonons and plasmons , epitaxy , the emission and tunneling of electrons, spintronics , and the self-assembly of nanostructures on surfaces. These include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy , Auger electron spectroscopy , low-energy electron diffraction , electron energy loss spectroscopy , thermal desorption spectroscopy , ion scattering spectroscopy , secondary ion mass spectrometry , dual polarization interferometry , and other surface analysis methods included in the list of materials analysis methods.
Many of these techniques require vacuum as they rely on the detection of electrons or ions emitted from the surface under study. This is found by an order of magnitude estimate for the number specific surface area of materials and the impingement rate formula from the kinetic theory of gases. Purely optical techniques can be used to study interfaces under a wide variety of conditions.
Reflection-absorption infrared, dual polarisation interferometry, surface enhanced Raman and sum frequency generation spectroscopies can be used to probe solid—vacuum as well as solid—gas, solid—liquid, and liquid—gas surfaces. Multi-Parametric Surface Plasmon Resonance works in solid-gas, solid-liquid, liquid-gas surfaces and can detect even sub-nanometer layers. Dual Polarization Interferometry is used to quantify the order and disruption in birefringent thin films. X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques are also used to characterize surfaces and interfaces. While some of these measurements can be performed using laboratory X-ray sources , many require the high intensity and energy tunability of synchrotron radiation.