Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007: Studies of Chemical Processes on Solid Surfaces

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007 – “for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces”: Gerhard Ertl. ‘The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2007 is awarded for groundbreaking studies in surface chemistry. This science is important for the chemical industry and can help us to understand such varied processes as why iron rusts, how fuel cells function and how the catalysts in our cars work. Chemical reactions on catalytic surfaces play a vital role in many industrial operations, such as the production of artificial fertilizers. Surface chemistry can even explain the destruction of the ozone layer, as vital steps in the reaction actually take place on the surfaces of small crystals of ice in the stratosphere. The semiconductor industry is yet another area that depends on knowledge of surface chemistry.’

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See also: An Introduction to Surface Chemistry and a very good list of Surface Science Links by Roger M. Nix, Quen Mary University of London.

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