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
  • low dimensional materials

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Editorial board


  • M. Mavrikakis
    University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, WI 53706, United States


  • H. Bluhm
    Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 14195, Berlin, Germany
  • K. Fukui
    Osaka University School of Engineering Graduate School of Engineering, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, 565-0871, Osaka, Japan
  • L. Grabow PhD
    University of Houston, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, TX 77204-4004, Houston, Texas, , United States
  • H-P. Steinrück
    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg Chair of Physical Chemistry II, Egerlandstrasse 3, D-91058, Erlangen, Germany

Advisory Editorial Board

  • N.L. Abbott
    Cornell University School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 113 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, New York, 14853-5201, United States
  • S. L. Anderson
    University of Utah Department of Chemistry, 315 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-0850, United States
  • M.S. Arnold
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 248 MS&E Building,1509 University Avenue,, Madison, Wisconsin, WI 53706, United States
  • T. Aruga
    Kyoto Daigaku Rigaku Kenkyuka Rigakubu Chikyu Wakusei Kagaku Senko Chikyu Butsurigaku, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, 606-8502, Kyoto, Japan
  • C.J. Baddeley
    University of St Andrews EaSTCHEM Research School, North Haugh, Fife, KY16 9ST, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • P. Balbuena
    Texas A&M University Artie Mcferrin Department Of Chemical Engineering, 3122 TAMU, College Station, Texas, 77843, United States
  • S.F. Bent
    Stanford University Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, 381 North South Mall, Stanford, California, CA 94305-5025, United States
  • M. Bowker
    Cardiff University Cardiff School of Chemistry, Main building, Parc Place, CF10 3AT, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • C.T. Campbell
    University of Washington Department of Chemistry, Bagley Hall, Box 351700, Seattle, Washington, 98195-1700, United States
  • Z. Dohnálek
    Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Lab., P. O. Box 999, K8, Richland, Washington, 99354, United States
  • J. Evans
    Iowa State University Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ames, , Iowa, USA
  • H.-J. Freund
    Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 14195, Berlin, Germany
  • A.J. Gellman
    Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemical Engineering, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA 15213, United States
  • L. Grabow PhD
    University of Houston, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, TX 77204-4004, Houston, Texas, , United States
  • G. Granozzi
    Universita degli Studi di Padova Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, via Marzolo Francesco 1, 35131, Padova, Italy
  • A. Gross
    University of Ulm Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, 89069, Ulm, Germany
  • G. Henkelman
    University of Texas at Austin Department of Biomedical Engineering, 107 West Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas, TX 78712-1062, United States
  • K. Honkala
    University of Jyvaskyla Nanoscience Center, P.O.Box 35, 40014, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • F. Illas
    University of Barcelona Faculty of Chemistry, Marti i Franques 1, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
  • W.X. Li
    University of Science and Technology of China Department of Chemical Physics, 230026, Hefei, China
  • E. Lundgren
    Lund University Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Box 118, 221 00, Lund, Sweden
  • D. Maroudas
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Chemical Engineering, 686 North Pleasant St., Amherst, Massachusetts, MA 01003-9303, United States
  • M.M. Murnane
    JILA, Boulder, Colorado, 80309-0440, United States
  • J.K. Nørskov
    Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Fysik, 2800, Kogens Lyngby, Denmark
  • G. Pacchioni
    Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, via Roberto Cozzi 55, 20126, Milano, Italy
  • X. Qiu
    National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China, Zhong Guan Cun, Bei Yi Tiao No. 11, 100190 Beijing, China
  • S. Schauermann
    Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 8, 24118, Kiel, Germany
  • A. Selloni
    Princeton University Department of Chemistry, Washington Road and William Street, Princeton, New Jersey, 08544-1009, United States
  • V. Stamenkovic
    Argonne National Laboratory Materials Science Division, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, MSD223-B137, Argonne, Illinois, IL 60439-4845, United States
  • M. Sterrer
    Karl-Franzens Universitat Institut fur Physik, Universitaetsplatz 5, 8010, Graz, Austria
  • S. L. Tait PhD
    Indiana University Bloomington Department of Chemistry, 800 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405-7102, United States
  • A.V. Teplyakov
    University of Delaware Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Newark, Delaware, 19716, United States
  • J. Vohs
    University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 220 S. 33rd Street, Room 311A, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA 19104-6393, United States
  • J.F. Weaver
    University of Florida Department of Chemical Engineering, P.O. Box 116005, Gainesville, Florida, FL 32611-6005, United States
  • J. Wintterlin
    Ludwig Maximilian University Munich Department of Chemistry, Butenandtstrasse 5-13, 81377, Munchen, Germany
  • J. Zhu PhD
    National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, 42 South Hezuohua Road, 230029, Hefei, Anhui, China