2010 February

Pope appoints Nobel Prize winner Gerhard Ertl to Vatican Science Academy

Friday, 26th February 2010General science information, Miscellaneous

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed German chemical physicist and 2007 Nobel prize laurate for Chemistry, Gerhard Ertl, as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican said according to Clerical Whispers. [see the orginal source]

A new book by Gerhard Ertl: “Reactions at Solid Surfaces”

Thursday, 18th February 2010General science information

A new book entitled “Reactions at Solid Surfaces” by Nobel Prize winner Gerhard Ertl is now available from Wiley. Based on Ertl’s Baker Lecture series at Cornell University in 2007, the book describes how surface chemistry works and how to probe and understand the dynamics of reactions at surfaces. The book is a thoughtful and compact introduction to surface reactions for graduate students and professional scientists alike.