Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Unexpected dynamics during partner exchange

Physicists have gained new insights into the dynamics of important chemical reactions using the combination of experiment and simulation. Nucleophilic substitution reactions play an important role in the formation of organic compounds. Here, a reactive species, usually a negatively charged atom or molecule, attacks an organic molecule in a way that this molecule repels a currently bonded partner in order to create the new bond. A team of physicists has proven an important influence of the repelled partner on the reaction dynamics.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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