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Static and Dynamic Phenomena on Oxide Surfaces Probed by Scanning Microscopy

Call for Papers

The richness of physical and chemical processes in which oxide surfaces are involved makes their investigation a milestone of modern nanotechnology. The knowledge gained in fields such as metal corrosion, heterogeneous catalysis, and nanomagnetism strongly relies on a deep understanding of the atomic structure of oxide surfaces. In this frame, microscopic techniques, such as scanning tunneling microscopy, transmission, and scanning electron microscopy, represent essential experimental tools for the investigation of oxide surfaces. As a matter of fact, often the active sites for the surface-catalyzed chemical reactions, as well as for the magnetic interaction in exchange coupled systems, are the defects of the crystal lattice (e.g., steps, atomic vacancies, and dislocations), not directly accessible by spatial averaging techniques.

In addition to structural characterization, modern microscopies are able to perform spectroscopic measurements, providing insights about the surface chemical composition and electronic structure at the nanometric or even atomic scale. The investigation of surfaces in ideal ultra-high-vacuum condition has been and is still an important step for understanding the complex processes occurring on oxide materials, but recently also microscopic techniques working in more challenging environments, such as water or air, have been developed.

Moreover, in the recent years, new methods have been developed, where the high spatial resolution of the electron microscope is coupled to the time resolution of ultrafast lasers, providing a four-dimensional view of the phenomena occurring on the surfaces.

This special issue aims to host the latest experimental and theoretical progresses achieved in the investigation of oxide surfaces and their interaction with other elements like water, gases, metals, or organic molecules. High-quality research articles, as well as reviews of the current state of the art, will be considered for publication.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of bulk-truncated oxides and ultrathin films
  • Magnetic properties of oxide films
  • Self-assembled arrays of metal clusters or molecules on oxide surfaces
  • Metals oxidation and corrosion
  • Atomic-scale gas-metal interactions
  • Advanced spectroscopy of oxide films
  • Surface and interface defects in oxide films
  • Ultrafast dynamics of surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 13 April 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Special Issue Editor in Chief

Guest Editors

  • Langli Luo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, USA
  • Giovanni M. Vanacore,  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland