Atmospheric chemistry

The reaction that wouldn't quit

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The radical–radical association reaction between hydroxyl and nitrogen dioxide plays a central role in atmospheric chemistry but has challenged experimentalists for decades. A study now measures all reactants and products and largely settles the issue.

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Figure 2: Schematic of the full nitrate potential-energy surface.

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Donahue, N. The reaction that wouldn't quit. Nature Chem 3, 98–99 (2011) doi:10.1038/nchem.941

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