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Physical chemistry

The peripatetic proton

The way in which protons are transferred between acids and bases has been known in general terms for decades. But the details of the process are complex, and only now is the full proton itinerary becoming clear.

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Figure 1: Water stop.

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Hynes, J. The peripatetic proton. Nature 446, 271–273 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/446270a

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