Reaction kinetics and dynamics

Reaction kinetics and dynamics refers to the study of why, how and how fast chemical processes take place. Chemists seek to understand the details of change at the molecular and quantum level and how such reactivity can be affected, pushing the boundaries of technology and theory to do so.

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    Intersystem crossing plays a role in the mechanism of many reactive collisions between atomic species and organic molecules, and has been generally observed when the reactants are still approaching one another. Now, intersystem crossing has been observed to also occur after their initial interaction.

    • Luis Bañares
    Nature Chemistry 11, 103-104
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    Magnetic or electric fields have long been used to align or orient atomic or molecular species in a molecular beam. Now, experiments in a merged beam apparatus show that an external magnetic field can be used to favour one particular reaction path.

    • Astrid Bergeat
    •  & Christian Naulin
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1177-1179
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    The mechanism of methanol coupling to methyl formate over single-crystal gold catalysts has been firmly established but barely reconciled with experiments performed under practical conditions. Now, a method to close this gap has been reported, which enables the prediction of the reaction´s selectivity for a broad range of experimental conditions.

    • Rachel B. Getman
    Nature Catalysis 1, 818-819
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    State-of-the-art quantum simulations predict that solvent molecules may partner with a solute in solution to form stable chemically distinct coordination species that interconvert from one to another. The solvent would thus be directly implicated in chemical reactions.

    • Gilles H. Peslherbe
    Nature Chemistry 10, 899-900