Evert-Jan Baerends

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Recent theoretical progress in gas-surface reaction dynamics, a field relevant to heterogeneous catalysis, is described. One of the most fundamental reactions, the dissociative chemisorption of H2 on metal surfaces, can now be treated accurately using quantum mechanics. Density functional theory is used to compute the molecule-surface interaction, and the(More)
The Born-Oppenheimer approximation of uncoupled electronic and nuclear motion is a standard tool of the computational chemist. However, its validity for molecule-metal surface reactions, which are important to heterogeneous catalysis, has been questioned because of the possibility of electron-hole pair excitations. We have performed experiments and(More)
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