CY6112 : Surface Chemistry and Catalysis

Surface phenomena: Structure of clean surfaces; Notation of surface structure; Structure of adsorbate layers; Stepped surfaces; Surface relaxation and reconstruction; Dynamics and energetics of surfaces.

Heterogeneous Catalysis: Adsorption isotherms, surface area, pore size and acid strength measurements; Porous solids; Catalysis by metals, semiconductors and solid acids; Supported metal catalysts; Catalyst preparation, deactivation and regeneration. Model catalysts: Ammonia synthesis; Hydrogenation of carbon monoxide; Hydrocarbon conversion.

Instrumental methods of catalyst characterization: Diffraction and thermal methods; spectroscopic and microscopic techniques.


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  6. K. Chakrabarty and B. Viswanathan, Heterogeneous Catalysis, New Age, 2008.
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