Gerhard Ertl (2015) - Catalysis at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity

Gerhard Ertl (2015)

Catalysis at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity

Gerhard Ertl (2015)

Catalysis at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity

Abstract

This lecture will address the question if spatio-temporal self-organisation of matter which is so characteristic for living systems can also be verified with a simple inorganic reaction in which the observed phenomena of complexity can be traced back to properties oft the atoms and described by simple physical laws. This will be illustrated with experiments with the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide on a platinum surface.

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