Oxidation of Metal Surfaces

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 2003-2005
DOI: 10.1126/science.1077063

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Metal oxidation is often unwanted--for example, in the case of corrosion--but under controlled conditions the oxidation of metals can be beneficial for the manufacture and performance of advanced materials'. In their Perspective, Over and Seitsonen provide a brief overview of the complex oxidation behavior of metal surfaces. They highlight the report by Thürmer et al., who demonstrate the crucial role played by surface impurities in the oxidation of lead crystallites.