Rates of Elementary Reactions: Measurement and Applications

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Science  25 Oct 1985:
Vol. 230, Issue 4724, pp. 393-399
DOI: 10.1126/science.230.4724.393

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Modern experimental techniques for measuring rate parameters of elementary reactions have transformed the field of gas-phase reaction kinetics from one of indirect inference to one of direct determination. Recent progress in the principal techniques is described, a few examples are given of the hundreds of elementary reactions for which rate information has become available, and comparison with reaction rate theory is briefly discussed. Some generalizations regarding the dependence of rate parameters on structure and thermodynamics are drawn, and successful applications to atmospheric and combustion modeling and measurement are presented.