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Charles T. Campbell
Editorial - Surface Science: the Next Frontiers

By Charles T. Campbell
Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Chemical Engineering
University of Washington
Editor-in-Chief, Surface Science


Surface science is key to the development of many new technologies that will be critical for our energy and environmental future.  Surface physics is essential for the design of microelectronics, computer chips, solar cells, a wide spectrum of other optical, electro-optic and opto-electric devices, as well as lubricating and wear-resistant coatings. Thin films must be grown for these applications, and for many others including chemical and biochemical sensors, prosthetic medical devices, reflective and protective coatings.  Surface chemistry is central to the design and operation of sorbents, solid reactants, and catalysts for clean fuels and chemicals production and pollution cleanup, photocatalysts, fuel cells and batteries.  The synthesis, stabilization and utilization of all forms of nanomaterial also involve a great deal of surface chemistry and surface physics.  With the advances made within the past decade in fundamental understanding of surface science, countless other applications can also be imagined.  Surfaces also play a key role in many biological, geological and atmospheric processes.
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