The Surface Science of Heterogeneous Catalysis: Possible Applications in Atmospheric Sciences

  1. David R. Schryer
  1. G. A. Somorjai

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM026p0088

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

How to Cite

Somorjai, G. A. (1982) The Surface Science of Heterogeneous Catalysis: Possible Applications in Atmospheric Sciences, in Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry (ed D. R. Schryer), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM026p0088

Author Information

  1. Materials and Molecular Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1982

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900513

Online ISBN: 9781118663813



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Surface science has been increasingly utilized in recent years to explore the molecular details of heterogeneous catalytic processes. A large number of techniques have been developed which determine the atomic surface structure, the composition, and oxidation states in the surface monolayer. Correlations of studies of catalytic reaction rates and product distributions with atomic scale surface properties revealed many important ingredients of surface reactivity. The structure of the catalytic surface markedly influences the surface chemical bonds of adsorbed molecules. Additives which are often electron donors (alkali metals) or electron acceptors (halogens) change the oxidation state of surface atoms, block sites, or change the surface structure and markedly influence the surface reactivity. The catalyzed reactions of carbonaceous deposits and water vapor are discussed along with the possible importance of trace metals and high-surface-area alumina silicates in atmospheric chemistry.