Stretched Water Is More Reactive

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 950-951
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.950

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Molecular vibrations can play an important role in determining the outcome of chemical reactions. In his Perspective, Schatz highlights the studies by Strazisar et al. and Zhang et al., who provide conclusive evidence for the dominant role of the hydroxl stretch in the reaction of water with atomic hydrogen. Such effects may in future be exploited to steer reagents to a favored product.