Rainer D. Beck
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Fields of expertise
MissionIn 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.
BiographyProfessor 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
TeachingI teach General Chemistry for first semester students in physics and mechanical engineering.
Surface Dynamics Group publications
Gas/Surface reactions probed by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopyLausanne, EPFL, 2023. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-9750.
State-to-state surface scattering of methane studied by bolometric infrared laser tagging detectionLausanne, EPFL, 2022. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-8859.
Dissociative Sticking Probability of Methane on Pt(110)-(2×1)The Journal of Physical Chemistry. 2021-05-31. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c00807.
State-to-state methane-surface scattering as a probe of catalytic activityPhysical Review Research. 2020-11-18. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.043251.
Quantum state and surface-site-resolved studies of methane chemisorption by vibrational spectroscopiesPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2020-07-29. DOI : 10.1039/D0CP03134H.
Unraveling the complexity of oxygen reactions on Pt surfacesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2019-07-02. DOI : 10.1073/pnas.1908295116.
CHD3 Dissociation on the Kinked Pt(210) Surface: A Comparison of Experiment and TheoryThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2019-05-22. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b03051.
Site Selective Detection of Methane Dissociation on Stepped Pt SurfacesTopics in Catalysis. 2019-04-16. DOI : 10.1007/s11244-019-01170-5.
Quantum state-resolved studies of gas/surface reaction dynamics by vibrational spectroscopies2019-03-31. National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Orlando, FL, Mar 31-Apr 04, 2019.
Transferability of the SRP32-vdW specific reaction parameter functional to CHD3 dissociation on Pt(110)-(2 × 1)The Journal of Chemical Physics. 2019-03-25. DOI : 10.1063/1.5081005.
Bond-selective and surface-site-specific dissociation of methane on platinumLausanne, EPFL, 2019. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-9530.
Incident Angle Dependence of CHD3 Dissociation on the Stepped Pt(211) SurfaceJournal Physical Chemistry C. 2018-08-16. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b05887.
Bond selective dissociation of methane (CH3D) on the steps and terraces of Pt(211)Journal of Chemical Physics. 2018-08-16. DOI : 10.1063/1.5041349.
Vibrational Energy Redistribution in a Gas-Surface Encounter: State-to-State Scattering of CH4 from Ni(111)Physical Review Letters. 2018-01-31. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.053402.
Vibrationally and Rotationally Inelastic Scattering of Methane from Ni(111)Lausanne, EPFL, 2018. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-8563.
Methane dissociation on the steps and terraces of Pt(211) resolved by quantum state and impact siteJournal of Chemical Physics. 2018. DOI : 10.1063/1.5008567.
Surface Reaction Barriometry: Methane Dissociation on Flat and Stepped Transition-Metal SurfacesJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2017. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01905.
Quantum State–Resolved Studies of Chemisorption ReactionsAnnual Review of Physical Chemistry. 2017. DOI : 10.1146/annurev-physchem-052516-044910.
Dynamics of methane dissociation on transition metalsJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. 2017. DOI : 10.1116/1.4980145.
Quantum-state-resolved reactivity of overtone excited CH4 on Ni(111): Comparing experiment and theoryJournal of Chemical Physics. 2017. DOI : 10.1063/1.4975025.
State-to-state scattering of CH₄ from Ni(111) and Gr/Ni(111)Lausanne, EPFL, 2016. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-7385.
Quantum state resolved molecular beam reflectivity measurements: CH4 dissociation on Pt(111)Journal of Chemical Physics. 2016. DOI : 10.1063/1.4966921.
Quantum state resolved gas–surface reaction dynamics experiments: a tutorial reviewChemical Society Reviews. 2016. DOI : 10.1039/C5CS00476D.
State-Resolved Methane Dissociation on Pt(111) Studied by Reflection Absorption Infrared SpectroscopyJournal of the surface science society of Japan. 2015. DOI : 10.1380/jsssj.36.614.
Bond-Selective and Mode-Specific Dissociation of CH3D and CH2D2 on Pt(111)Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2015. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b07949.
The Negligible Role of C-H Stretch Excitation in the Physisorption of CH4 on Pt(111)Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2015. DOI : 10.1021/jp5064897.
Vibrational Activation of Methane Chemisorption: The Role of SymmetryJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2014. DOI : 10.1021/jz500728d.
Vibrationally Promoted Dissociation of Water on Ni(111)Science. 2014. DOI : 10.1126/science.1251277.
Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Calculations versus Quantum-State- Resolved Experiments on CHD3 + Pt(111): New Insights into a Prototypical Gas−Surface ReactionJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2014. DOI : 10.1021/jz500233n.
Quantum state specific reactant preparation in a molecular beam by rapid adiabatic passageJournal of Chemical Physics. 2014. DOI : 10.1063/1.4861054.
Quantum-state resolved gas/surface reaction dynamics of water and methaneLausanne, EPFL, 2014. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-6061.
Quantum state-resolved CH4 dissociation on Pt(111): coverage dependent barrier heights from experiment and density functional theoryPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2013. DOI : 10.1039/c3cp52244j.
Quantum state-resolved gas/surface reaction dynamics probed by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopyReview of Scientific Instruments. 2013. DOI : 10.1063/1.4803933.
Quantum-State Resolved Gas/Surface Dynamics ExperimentsDynamics of Gas-Surface Interactions: Atomic-level Understanding of Scattering Processes at Surfaces; Springer, 2013. p. 179-212.
The sticking probability of D2O-water on ice: Isotope effects and the inﬂuence of vibrational excitationJournal of Chemical Physics. 2012. DOI : 10.1063/1.4742914.
Vibrationally Bond-Selective Chemisorption of Methane Isotopologues on Pt(111) Studied by Reflection Absorption Infrared SpectroscopyLausanne, EPFL, 2012. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-5452.
Vibrationally bond-selected chemisorption of methane isotopologues on Pt(111) studied by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopyFaraday Discussions- Royal Society of Chemistry. 2012. DOI : 10.1039/C2FD20007D.
Alignment dependent chemisorption of vibrationally excited CH4(3) on Ni(100), Ni(110), and Ni(111)Journal of Chemical Physics. 2011. DOI : 10.1063/1.3665136.
Mode-specific reactivity of CH4 on Pt(110)-(1×2): The concerted role of stretch and bend excitationPhysical Review -Series B-. 2010. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.121404.
Steric Effects in the Chemisorption of Vibrationally Excited Methane on Ni(100)Science. 2010. DOI : 10.1126/science.1191751.
Steric Effects in the Chemisorption of Vibrationally Excited Methane on NickelLausanne, EPFL, 2010. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-4784.
State-resolved reactivity of CH4 on Pt(110)-(1 x 2): The role of surface orientation and impact siteJournal of Chemical Physics. 2010. DOI : 10.1063/1.3328885.
Vibrational Activation in Direct and Precursor-Mediated Chemisorption of SiH4 on Si(100)Journal of Chemical Physics. 2008. DOI : 10.1063/1.2976563.
The effect of molecular vibrations and surface structure on the chemisorption of methane on platinumLausanne, EPFL, 2008. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-4170.
State-Resolved Reactivity of CH4(2ν3) on Pt(111) and Ni(111): Effects of Barrier Height and Transition State LocationJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2007. DOI : 10.1021/jp076082w.
Cavity ring-down spectroscopy of jet-cooled silane isotopologues in the Si-H stretch overtone regionJournal of Chemical Physics. 2007. DOI : 10.1063/1.2819072.
Quantum state-resolved studies of direct and precursor-mediated dissociative chemisorption of silane on Si(100)Lausanne, EPFL, 2007. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-3946.
Efficient Stimulated Raman Pumping for Quantum-State Resolved Surface Reactivity MeasurementsReview of Scientific Instruments. 2006. DOI : 10.1063/1.2200876.
Infrared spectroscopy of hydrated amino acids in the gas phase: protonated and lithiated valineJournal of the American Chemical Society. 2006. DOI : 10.1021/ja056079v.
State-resolved gas-surface reactivity of methane in the symmetric C-H stretch vibration on Ni(100)Physical Review Letters. 2005. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.246104.
Bond- and mode-specific reactivity of methane on Ni(100)Lausanne, EPFL, 2005. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-3335.
Quantum state resolved studies of gas/surface reaction dynamicsChimia. 2004. DOI : 10.2533/000942904777677867.
Vibrational mode-specific reaction of methane on a nickel surfaceScience. 2003. DOI : 10.1126/science.1088996.
Molecular-beam/surface-science apparatus for state-resolved chemisorption studies using pulsed-laser preparationReview of Scientific Instruments. 2003. DOI : 10.1063/1.1599064.
Surface reactivity of highly vibrationally excited molecules prepared by pulsed laser excitation: CH4 (2 nu(3)) on Ni(100)Journal of Chemical Physics. 2002. DOI : 10.1063/1.1519860.
Double-resonance overtone photofragment spectroscopy of trans-HONO. II. State- and time-resolved dissociation and OH-product state distributionsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2002. DOI : 10.1063/1.1471236.
Double-resonance overtone photofragment spectroscopy of trans-HONO. I. Spectroscopy and intramolecular dynamicsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2000. DOI : 10.1063/1.481502.
Teaching & PhD
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering