Surface Dynamics Group @ TIFR-Hyderabad

Understanding chemical reactions occurring on metal surfaces is a subject of interest because of its direct relevance for heterogeneous catalyst technology. Chemical reactions on surfaces are often very complex and involve several elementary steps such as collision of atom/molecules with the surface, energy dissipation, adsorption, diffusion and so on. Our research activities are aimed at understanding these elementary processes at atomic level detail. Following themes are the focus of our current research work:

  • Understanding the collision processes of atoms/molecules with surfaces in order to gain insights into energy transfer processes

  • Building a detailed microscopic understanding of the chemical reaction mechanisms occurring on metal surfaces

In order to pursue these goals, we use experimental techniques such as: atomic/molecular beam scattering from surfaces, surface sensitive methods for preparation/characterization of well-defined surfaces, high-resolution laser spectroscopy based techniques to prepare and probe atoms/molecules in quantum state specific manner.


  • July 2021: Our work on imaging atomically thin films using neutral atom scattering microscopy is available on arXiv
  • July 2021: Geetika presented her work as a ‘hot topic talk’ at the International Symposium for Molecular Beams (ISMB-2021)


Our work is supported by:
Department of Atomic Energy (Government of India)
Science and Engineering Research Board (Department of Science & Technology, Government of India)


Last updated: July 2021