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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 6 (2007) pp 426-428

Gerhard Ertl, 2007 Nobel Chemistry Laureate

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100, jp.adloff@noos.fr, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034, georgek@csufresno.edu

Published online: 9 November 2007

Abstract. The 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the German physical chemist Gerhard Ertl, Professor Emeritus at the Abteilung Physikalische Chemie, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin “for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces.” This article briefly discusses his life and career with an emphasis on his prize-winning research and its applications.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Physical chemistry; Surface chemistry; Oscillating reactions; Dynamics of surface processes; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Industrial processes; Nobel Prize

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: georgek@csufresno.edu)

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Issue date: December 1, 2007

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