Adsorbates (IMAGE) Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz Caption (a) When adsorbates bind to metal, they induce electric dipoles in the metal. Freely moving electrons in the metal can collide with these induced dipoles and lose their energy. (b+c) The efficiency of such a collision depends on the orientation of the induced dipoles and thus on the chemistry of the adsorbate. Credit ill./©: Felix Schlapp, JGU Usage Restrictions This image may only be used in connection with the press release "Driving chemical reactions with light", issued by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz on May 6, 2019. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.