Rainer D. Beck
Fields of expertise
In our laboratory, we study the elementary steps of chemical reactions between gas-phase molecules and solid surfaces such as the chemisorption of methane on a nickel catalyst. We use molecular beams and laser radiation to probe the reaction process at a molecular level by performing quantum state resolved reactivity measurements. The results of these experiments provide stringent tests for theoretical models of gas-surface chemistry which is of importance for many industrial and technological processes.
Professor titulaire EPFL, 2006
Privat Docent EPFL, 1997
Habilitation and venia legendi, Universität Karlsruhe, 1996
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Oregon State University, 1990
Degree in Physics, Universität Stuttgart, 1985
I teach General Chemistry for first semester students in physics and mechanical engineering.