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Scrambled by the Sun?

Nature Chemistry volume 3, pages 423424 (2011) | Download Citation

Isotopic labelling is widely used to unravel reaction mechanisms, but are conclusions from such studies always robust? Now, studies on the photolysis of CD3CHO reveal extensive isotopic scrambling before dissociation, which could have implications for our mechanistic understanding of some key aspects of atmospheric photochemistry.

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  1. Mike Ashfold and David Glowacki are in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS, UK.

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