Surface spectroscopy

Surface spectroscopy involves the use of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques to analyse samples. These techniques include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy and sum frequency generation spectroscopy.

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News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Molecular vibrations can be highly effective promoters of gas-phase chemistry. Now, measurements show that excited vibrational states can survive on metal surfaces far longer than expected — reshaping our understanding of how vibrational excitation might also promote or modify heterogeneously catalysed chemistry on metals.

    • Arthur L. Utz
    Nature Chemistry 10, 577-578
  • News and Views |

    For electrocatalysts, the activity and stability is determined by the surface — often just a few atomic layers thick. Now atom probe tomography is used to examine the changing surface of an oxygen evolution catalyst at near-atomic-scale resolution, linking structure to activity and stability.

    • Alexis Grimaud
    Nature Catalysis 1, 242-243
  • Editorial |

    In situ studies are very important to advance our comprehension of catalytic reactions and are expected to be boosted by the development of more powerful analytical tools.

    Nature Catalysis 1, 165-166