Surface chemistry articles from across Nature Portfolio

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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    Electrochemical hydride (H) transfer has been an elusive process. Now, using well-designed model systems, the phenomenon has been isolated and further demonstrated as a practical synthetic method with H2 gas as the hydrogen source.

    • Adam Holewinski
    Nature Catalysis 6, 296-297
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    The adiabatic approximation is often applied to describe the scattering of molecules or atoms from solid surfaces. Now, unusual energy loss has been observed during the scattering of hyperthermal hydrogen atoms from a single crystalline Ge(111) surface — suggesting the existence of a non-adiabatic mechanism involving electronic interband transitions in the Ge that are induced by the hydrogen atoms.

    • Hermann Nienhaus
    Nature Chemistry 15, 301-302
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    An organic quantum magnet has been prepared in short chains of porphyrin derivatives through a combination of on-surface synthesis and atom manipulation using the tip of a scanning probe microscope.

    • P. Jelínek
    Nature Chemistry 15, 12-13
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    | Open Access

    [n]cycloparaphenylenes feature extensive para-conjugation that leads to useful electronic and optoelectronic properties, but their strained topology prevents their conversion into planar macrocycles. Now, on-surface coupling of cleverly designed precursors affords planar π-extended [12]cycloparaphenylene.

    • Victoria Richards