: Nilsson, Anders
Molecular surface science has made enormous progress in the past 30 years. The development can be characterized by a revolution in fundamental knowledge obtained from simple model systems and by an explosion in the number of experimental techniques. Furthermore, the last 10 years has seen an equally rapid development of quantum mechanical modeling of surface processes using Density Functional Theory (DFT). The methods of surface science have been essential for the birth of nano-science and nano-technology, and more generally we are witnessing a rapid shift of the methods and concepts of surface science into a broad range of scientific disciplines where the interaction between a solid and the surrounding gas or liquid phase is an essential component. The purpose of the present book is to provide a broad overview of chemical bonding at surfaces, and to show how it can be applied in a range of scientific problems in heterogeneous catalysis, electrochemistry, environmental science and semiconductor processing.