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Thermochemical kinetics: does it still give insights?

Walsh, R. (2008) Thermochemical kinetics: does it still give insights? Chemical Society Reviews, 37 (4). pp. 686-698. ISSN 0306-0012

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1039/b707559f

Abstract/Summary

This tutorial review revisits the subject of the seminal book written by Sidney Benson in 1968. A short summary of the nature of the subject is presented, including its place in the wider world of quantitative chemistry. A number of themes are selected to illustrate its previous and continuing usefulness in evaluating numerical values of important quantities, and probing ideas of reaction mechanism. These include strain enthalpies for biradical combination, chain reactions, why some reactions don't occur and the involvement of carbenes in hydrocarbon rearrangements.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11696
Uncontrolled Keywords:BOND-DISSOCIATION ENERGIES, GAS-PHASE REACTION, THERMAL ISOMERIZATIONS, THERMODYNAMIC FUNCTIONS, SILYLENE REACTIONS, AB-INITIO, MOLECULES, ENTHALPY, PYROLYSIS, CYCLOPROPANE

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