Surface Science Division Topics

Surface science deals with the interface between solid materials and the gas phase. Surface science has a history of dealing with the chemical, geometrical, vibrational, and electronic structure of the surface, i.e. properties specific to the outermost atomic layers of the solid. The kinetics and dynamics of the surface, and its interaction with particles, represent another theme in surface science. Very relevant to surface science is the study of surface modification and the resulting changes in properties. New areas of study include environmental surfaces and interfaces with liquids.

The topics of surface science listed in the program of the last international conference on surface science are:

Session Topics at the ICCS-10, Birmingham, UK, 1998

  • Adsorbate Dynamics and Scattering
  • Atomic Manipulation
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Diffusion and Growth
  • Electronic Structure
  • Environmental and Biological Surface Science
  • Geometric Structure
  • Liquid-Solid and Liquid-Liquid Interfaces
  • Magnetic Properties of Surfaces
  • New Method and Techniques
  • Oxide Surfaces
  • Photon or Electron Induced and Ultrafast Processes
  • Phase Transitions, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Sliding Friction, Tribology, Fracture
  • Small Particles, Clusters and Novel Structures