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Reactions at Solid Surfaces (2015)

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Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: December 2015 to January 2016 (7 weeks)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 137.5 hrs
Capacity limits: 7 participants


Objectives of the course:
This course is an introduction to surface science with emphasis on fundamental principles and mechanisms underlying reactions at a solid surface. This course is intended to provide students with the necessary tools to follow current research in the field of surface science. A number of experiments will be picked from the literature to give students a broad overview of surface reactivity.


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain adsorption and desorption
  • Describe surface reconstructions as well as equilibrium growth modes in epitaxy
  • Discuss dynamic molecule-surface interactions
  • Identify and explain the elementary processes underlying heterogeneously catalyzed reactions 

  • Compare oscillatory kinetics and nonlinear dynamics versus spatio-temporal self-organization in surface reactions
  • To interpret results presented in an assigned surface science article using the principles outlined in the course text book.


Compulsory programme:
Active participation in study group and passing grade on final exam


Course contents:

  • Surface structure and reactivity

  • Dynamics of molecule-surface interactions

  • Electronic excitation and surface chemistry

  • Principles of heterogeneous catalysis

  • Mechanisms of heterogeneous catalysis

  • Oscillatory kinetics and nonlinear dynamics
  • Spatio-temporal self-organization in surface reactions


A course in surface science


Name of lecturer:
Jill Miwa


Type of course/teaching methods:
Study group


Reactions at Solid Surfaces by Gerhard Ertl


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Course assessment:
Written final exam: 2000 word report interpreting the results presented in an assigned surface science article using the principles outlined the course text book.


Department of Physics & Astronomy and iNANO, Aarhus Univeristy


Special comments on this course:


December 2015 to January 2016 (7 weeks)


Campus, 8000 Aarhus C



Dealine for registration: Friday, 27 November 2015.
For registration:

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Miwa, e-mail:

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