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Solution-phase reaction dynamics

Gaining control

Using infrared light to control the outcome of a chemical reaction is problematic in solution because of numerous interactions and non-specific sample heating. Now, condensed-phase results showing the vibrational enhancement of an otherwise thermally driven reaction may reinvigorate discussion of the practical applications of vibrational control.

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Figure 1: Vibrational enhancement of bimolecular reactions.

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Case, A. Gaining control. Nature Chem 10, 113–114 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2937

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