Surface chemistry

Surface chemistry is the study of chemical reactions at surfaces and interfaces. Appreciating how molecules and atoms interact with surfaces and with each other while on surfaces is key to understanding desirable chemical reactions, such as in heterogeneous catalysis, and also those that are undesirable, such as in corrosion chemistry.

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  • News and Views |

    Gold nanomaterials are attractive for a variety of applications, including in medicine, but need to be made stable enough to operate in biological systems. Now, gold nanorods have been stabilized for photothermal therapy by sequential surface anchoring, using a bidendate PEG-based ligand that features a thiolate moiety and an Au–NHC moiety.

    • Guillaume Médard
    •  & Anthoula C. Papageorgiou
    Nature Chemistry 11, 20-22
  • Editorial |

    Models play a significant role in the development of catalysts. However, they are constructed using a reductionist approach and this poses the question of their relevance for the comprehension of physical phenomenon.

    Nature Catalysis 1, 807-808
  • News and Views |

    Applying a radiofrequency voltage to the junction of a scanning tunnelling microscope allows the nuclear spins of single copper atoms to be detected and different copper isotopes to be distinguished.

    • Laurent Limot
    Nature Nanotechnology 13, 1093-1094
  • Research Highlights |

    Pristine molybdenum disulfide undergoes oxidation at its basal plane, such that some S atoms are replaced with O atoms. This new doped monolayer exhibits improved activity for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution.

    • Prateek Dongare