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, Building M3, 2-1, Yamada-oka, Suita, 565-0871, Osaka, Japan
  • H. Bluhm
    Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, D-14195, Berlin, Germany

Advisory Editorial Board

  • N.L. Abbott
    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, 113 Ho Plaza, Ithaka, New York, 14853, USA
  • 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
  • P. Balbuena
    Artie McFerrin Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 3122 TAMU, College Station, Texas, TX 77843, USA
  • 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
  • Z. Dohnálek
    EMSL (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, K8-93, Richland, Washington, WA 99352, 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
  • L. Grabow PhD
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, 4726 Calhoun Rd, Houston, Texas, TX 77204-4004, USA
  • G. Granozzi
    Dipart. di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via Marzola, 1, 35131, Padova, Italy
  • A. Gross
    Inst. for Theoretical Chemistry, Universität Ulm, 89069, Ulm, Germany
  • G. Henkelman
    Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 107 West Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas, TX 78712-1062, USA
  • K. Honkala
    Nanoscience Center, University of Jyväskylä, P.O.Box 35, 40014, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • F. Illas
    Dept. de Quimica Fisica & IQTCUB, Fac. de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
  • W.X. Li
    Dept. of Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry and Materials Science., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 96 Jinzhai Rd, 230026, Hefei, 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
  • M.M. Murnane
    JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, CO 80309-0440, USA
  • J.K. Nørskov
    Physics department, DTU, Technical University of Denmark, Building 311, room 001, 2800 Kgs, Lyngby, Denmark
  • 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
  • S. Schauermann
    Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), Max-Eyth-Str. 2, 24118, Kiel, Germany
  • A. Selloni
    Dept. of Chemistry, Frick Laboratory, Princeton University, Washington Road and William Street, Princeton, New Jersey, NJ 08544-1009, USA
  • V. Stamenkovic
    Materials Science Division (MSD-223), Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois, IL 60439, USA
  • M. Sterrer
    Institute of Physics, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Universitaetsplatz 5, 8010, Graz, Austria
  • L Tait PhD
    Dept. of Chemistry, Indiana University, 800 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana, IN 47405, 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 PhD
    National Synchrotron Radiation Lab., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 42 South Hezuohua Road, 230029, Hefei, Anhui, China