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More about amino acids on Cu{311}

We follow up our earlier experiments, looking in more depth at structure, bonding and different forms of chirality ...

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Making ammonia on iron pyrite

We investigate N-based chemistry on FeS2{100} surfaces...

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Amino acids, copper surfaces and chirality

STM and LEED experiments reveal different forms of chirality in overlayers of alanine on Cu surfaces...

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Pentagonal tiles pave the way towards organic electronics

New research paves the way for the nanoscale self-assembly of organic building blocks...

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Atomic-scale roughness of an intrinsically chiral metal surface

We have used STM to reveal the atomically rough nature of an intrinsically chiral metal surface, Cu{531}. This is an example of a kinked-stepped fcc surface that is at an orientation devoid of all bulk mirror symmetry...

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Massively cooperative adsorbate-induced restructuring

We have shown using STM that adsorbing NO2 molecules induces massively cooperative restructuring of Au{111} at 90 K, leading to the formation of Au nanoclusters...

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Ceria-supported gold catalysts

Ceria-supported gold systems have excellent catalytic activity for the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction, which is a crucial step in many applications such as the production of hydrogen for fuel cells...

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Molecular T-matrix formalism in LEED-IV

When using traditional LEED-IV methods, adsorbed molecules are usually broken up into separate atoms, which are distributed over different layers according to their vertical positions...

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Dynamics of water adsorption on Pt{110}-(1x2)

We have produced the first translation energy dependence of the initial sticking probability of water on metal surfaces using supersonic molecular beams...

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Pre-exponential factors

We have found an unexpected large variation of the pre-exponential factor for first order desorption directly evaluated using single-crystal adsorption calorimetry...

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Molecular dynamics simulation of surface oxidation by ozone

The oxidation of surfaces is a fascinating topic, whether one's focus rests upon corrosion, catalytic activity or the resulting oxide's physical properties...

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