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The fingerprints of reaction mechanisms

Small changes to molecular structures can transform how reactions occur, but studying reaction mechanisms directly is difficult. An imaging technique that provides direct insights into competing mechanisms might improve matters.

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Figure 1: The SN2 reaction mechanism.
Figure 2: Velocity maps of the SN2 and E2 reaction mechanisms.


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Vallance, C. The fingerprints of reaction mechanisms. Nature 546, 608–609 (2017).

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