Surface Science is devoted to elucidating the fundamental aspects of chemistry and physics occurring at a wide range of surfaces and interfaces and to disseminating this knowledge fast. The journal welcomes a broad spectrum of topics, including but not limited to:
• model systems (e.g. in Ultra High Vacuum) under well-controlled reactive conditions
• nanoscale science and engineering, including manipulation of matter at the atomic/molecular scale and assembly phenomena
• reactivity of surfaces as related to various applied areas including heterogeneous catalysis, chemistry at electrified interfaces, and semiconductors functionalization
• phenomena at interfaces relevant to energy storage and conversion, and fuels production and utilization
• surface reactivity for environmental protection and pollution remediation
• interactions at surfaces of soft matter, including polymers and biomaterials.

Both experimental and theoretical work, including modeling, is within the scope of the journal. Work published in Surface Science reaches a wide readership, from chemistry and physics to biology and materials science and engineering, providing an excellent forum for cross-fertilization of ideas and broad dissemination of scientific discoveries.

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Editorial board


  • M. Mavrikakis
    2010 Engineering Hall, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, WI 53706, USA


  • H-P. Steinrück
    Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstrasse 3, D-91058, Erlangen, Germany
  • K. Fukui
    Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, 1-3 Machikaneyama, 560-8531, Osaka, Japan
  • H. Bluhm
    Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mail Stop 6R2100 One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California, CA 94720, USA

Advisory Editorial Board

  • N.L. Abbott
    Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, WI 53706, USA
  • J. Andersen
    Div. of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Inst. of Physics, Lund University, Box 118, S-221 00, Lund, Sweden
  • S. L. Anderson
    Dept. of Chemistry, The University of Utah, 315 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, UT 84112-0850, USA
  • T. Aruga
    Graduate School of Science, Dept. of Geophysics, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, 606-8502, Kyoto, Japan
  • C.J. Baddeley
    EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, Fife, KY16 9ST, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • X.H. Bao
    Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 116023, Dalian, China
  • S.F. Bent
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Shriram Center, 443 Via Ortega, Stanford, California, CA 94305-4125, USA
  • M. Bowker
    School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Main building, Parc Place, CF10 3AT, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • C.T. Campbell
    Dept. of Chemistry, University of Washington, Bagley Hall, Box 351700, Seattle, Washington, WA 98195-1700, USA
  • Y. Chabal
    Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas, TX 75080, USA
  • J. Evans
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, 50011-3020, Iowa, USA
  • H.-J. Freund
    Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195, Berlin, Germany
  • A.J. Gellman
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA 15213, USA
  • G. Granozzi
    Dipart. di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via Marzola, 1, 35131, Padova, Italy
  • J. Greeley
    School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, Forney Hall, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana, IN 47907-2100, USA
  • A. Gross
    Inst. for Theoretical Chemistry, Universität Ulm, 89069, Ulm, Germany
  • Y. Hasegawa
    Inst. for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, 277-8581, Chiba, Japan
  • G. Henkelman
    Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 107 West Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas, TX 78712-1062, USA
  • F. Illas
    Dept. de Quimica Fisica & IQTCUB, Fac. de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
  • W.X. Li
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), State Key Lab. Catalysis, Dalian Inst. Chemical Physics, 457 Zhongshan Road, 116023 Dalian, China
  • E. Lundgren
    Dept. of Physics, Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00, Lund, Sweden
  • D. Maroudas
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 686 North Pleasant St., Amherst, Massachusetts, MA 01003-9303, USA
  • Y. Morikawa
    Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Material and Life Science, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, 565-0871, Osaka, Japan
  • M.M. Murnane
    JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, CO 80309-0440, USA
  • J.K. Nørskov
    SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Stanford University, 2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 59, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA
  • G. Pacchioni
    Dipart. di Scienza dei Materiali, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, via Roberto Cozzi 55, 20125, Milan, Italy
  • X. Qiu
    National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China, Zhong Guan Cun, Bei Yi Tiao No. 11, 100190 Beijing, China
  • B. Roldan Cuenya
    Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstrasse 150 - Building NB 4 / 131, D-44801, Bochum, Germany
  • V. Stamenkovic
    Div. of Materials Science, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, IL 60439, USA
  • A.V. Teplyakov
    Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, DE 19716, USA
  • J. Vohs
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S. 33rd Street, Room 311A, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA 19104-6393, USA
  • J.F. Weaver
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, P.O. Box 116005, Gainesville, Florida, FL 32611-6005, USA
  • J. Wintterlin
    Dept. of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Butenandtstrasse 5-13, 81377, Munich, Germany
  • J. Zhu
    National Synchrotron Radiation Lab., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 42 South Hezuohua Road, 230029, Hefei, Anhui, China