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Molecules at Solid Surfaces: A Personal Reminiscence

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Ertl,  Gerhard
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Ertl, G. (2017). Molecules at Solid Surfaces: A Personal Reminiscence. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 68, 1-17. doi:10.1146/annurev-physchem-052516-044758.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-583B-2
Abstract
I was fortunate to start my career in physical chemistry at a time when the development of the ultrahigh vacuum technique and of novel physical methods enabled the study of processes on well-defined surfaces at an atomic scale. These investigations included the mechanisms of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions, such as CO oxidation and ammonia synthesis, and phenomena of spatio-temporal self-organization, as described by the concepts of nonlinear dynamics.