News & Views | Published:

Reaction kinetics

Catalysis without a catalyst

Nature Chemistry volume 2, pages 430431 (2010) | Download Citation

Can two identical reactors with the same concentrations, under identical physical conditions, have reaction rates that differ by a factor of a thousand? A study now shows that, although not true in uncrowded environments, a reactant's starting point makes a large difference to reaction kinetics in identically crowded systems, such as cellular nuclei.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    , , , & Nature Chem. 2, 472–477 (2010).

  2. 2.

    Science 241, 1620–1626 (1988).

  3. 3.

    & Diffusion and Reactions in Fractals and Disordered Systems (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000).

  4. 4.

    in Radiationless Processes in Molecules and Condensed Phases Vol. 15 (ed. Fong, F. K.) 297–346 (Topics in Applied Physics, Springer-Verlag, 1976).

  5. 5.

    & Chem. Phys. Lett. 87, 528–532 (1982).

  6. 6.

    J. Phys. Chem. 80, 2191–2195 (1976).

  7. 7.

    & Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 666–669 (2000).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. Raoul Kopelman is in the Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, 930 N. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1055, USA.  kopelman@umich.edu

    • Raoul Kopelman

Authors

  1. Search for Raoul Kopelman in:

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.675

Further reading

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing