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Reactions at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity (Nobel Lecture)

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  • Copyright© The Nobel Foundation 2007. We thank the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, for permission to print this lecture. Supporting information for this article is available on the WWW under http://www.angewandte.org or from the author.

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The spatio–temporal formation of patterns on the surface during a chemical reaction is one phenomenon that can now be understood and modeled thanks to the Nobel Prize winning research on the course of heterogeneous catalysis. The picture shows a pattern formed by a feedback mechanism during the oxidation of CO. Reactions that have been illuminated by this work include the synthesis of ammonia and the purification of waste gases.

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