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Dan J Harding

 Assistant Professor



 Address: TEKNIKRINGEN 42, Level 6

Research field

My research aims to develop a deeper understanding of the atomic-scale mechanisms of the catalytic reactions of small molecules at interfaces. Reactions occurring at surfaces are found in many fields, including industrial catalysis and atmospheric chemistry, making a detailed understanding of how and why these reactions occur an important step towards designing better catalysts or modelling pollutants in the atmosphere.

I use and develop a range of experimental techniques, based on molecular beams, laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, that provide information about the dynamics and kinetics of simple surface reactions. This information allows details of the reaction mechanism to be determined experimentally, for example reaction barrier heights, providing benchmark data for theory and input for modelling more complex systems.


Velocity-resolved kinetics of site-specific carbon monoxide oxidation on platinum surfaces , J. Neugebohren, D. Borodin, H. W. Hahn, J. Altschäffel, A. Kandratsenka D. J. Auerbach, C. T. Campbell. D. Schwarzer, D. J. Harding, A. M. Wodtke, and T. N. Kitsopoulos, Nature, 280, 558 (2018)

Ion and velocity map imaging for surface dynamics and kinetics, D. J. Harding, J. Neugebohren, H. Hahn D. J. Auerbach T. N. Kitsopoulos, and A. M. Wodtke, J. Chem. Phys., 013939, 147 (2017)

Electronically Nonadiabatic Vibrational Excitation of N2 Scattered from Pt(111), J. Werdecker, P. R. Shirhatti, K. Golibrzuch, C. Bartels, A. M. Wodtke, and D. J. Harding, J. Phys. Chem. C, 14722, 119 (2015)

Platinum Group Metal Clusters: From Gas-Phase Structures and Reactivities towards Model Catalysts D. J. Harding and A. Fielicke, Chem. Eur. J., 3258, 20 (2014)

Activated Methane on Small Cationic Platinum Clusters, D. J. Harding, C. Kerpal, G. Meijer, and A. Fielicke, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 817, 51 (2011)

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Teaching activities


Chemical Reaction Engineering (KE2045), examiner | Course web

Chemical Reaction Engineering (KE2040), teacher | Course web