Issue Date: April 21, 2014
Like someone who finally sits after a long, tiring day of standing, gas-phase molecules breathe a sigh of relief, so to speak, as they “take a seat” (adsorb) on solid surfaces. The sigh comes in the form of a momentary pulse of heat that the molecules “exhale” as they form surface bonds.
The quantity of heat released in that exothermic process is a measure of adsorption bond strength. The strength of the surface bond directly . . .
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