Rainer D. Beck
Fields of expertise
Experimental studies of chemical reaction dynamics at the gas/solid interface. We combine laser, molecular beams, and ultra-high vacuum surface science to probe surface chemistry under highly controlled conditions at the molecular level.
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
Quantum state and surface-site-resolved studies of methane chemisorption by vibrational spectroscopiesPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2020-07-29. DOI : 10.1039/D0CP03134H.
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.
Quantum-State Resolved Gas/Surface Dynamics ExperimentsDynamics of Gas-Surface Interactions: Atomic-level Understanding of Scattering Processes at Surfaces; Springer, 2013. p. 179-212.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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