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Gas-phase chemical kinetics

Three is the magic number

Although predicted many years ago, chemically reactive termolecular reactions were thought to be unimportant in defining the behaviour of combustion systems. Now, calculations have shown that such reactions between radicals and long-lived bimolecular complexes can actually play an important role in hydrogen combustion.

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Figure 1: A schematic diagram showing the kinetic processes involving the reaction of the transient HO2** species.


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Skodje, R. Three is the magic number. Nature Chem 9, 1038–1039 (2017).

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