Unimolecular Reaction Dynamics: Theory and Experiments

Hardcover | June 27, 1996

byTomas Baer, William L. Hase

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This book provides a penetrating and comprehensive description of energy selected reactions from a theoretical as well as experimental view. Three major aspects of unimolecular reactions involving the preparation of the reactants in selected energy states, the rate of dissociation of theactivated molecule, and the partitioning of the excess energy among the final products, are fully discussed with the aid of 175 illustrations and over 1,000 references, most from the recent literature. Examples of both neutral and ionic reactions are presented. Many of the difficult topics arediscussed at several levels of sophistication to allow access by novices as well as experts. Among the topics covered for the first time in monograph form is a discussion of highly excited vibrational/rotational states and intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution. Problems associated withthe application of RRKM theory are discussed with the aid of experimental examples. Detailed comparisons are also made between different statistical models of unimolecular decomposition. Both quantum and classical models not based on statistical assumptions are described. Finally, a chapterdevoted to the theory of product energy distribution includes the application of phase space theory to the dissociation of small and large clusters. The work will be welcomed as a valuable resource by practicing researchers and graduate students in physical chemistry, and those involved in thestudy of chemical reaction dynamics.

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The field of unimolecular reaction has witnessed impressive advances in both experimental and theoretical techniques during the past 20 years. These developments have resulted in experimental measurements that finally permit critical test of the major assumptions made more than 60 years ago when Rice and Ramsperger and Kassel first pro...

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This book provides a penetrating and comprehensive description of energy selected reactions from a theoretical as well as experimental view. Three major aspects of unimolecular reactions involving the preparation of the reactants in selected energy states, the rate of dissociation of theactivated molecule, and the partitioning of the ...

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The field of unimolecular reaction has witnessed impressive advances in both experimental and theoretical techniques during the past 20 years. These developments have resulted in experimental measurements that finally permit critical test of the major assumptions made more than 60 years ago when Rice and Ramsperger and Kassel first pro...

Tomas Baer is at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. William L. Hase is at Wayne State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.3 inPublished:June 27, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195074947

ISBN - 13:9780195074949

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Vibrational/Rotational Energy Levels3. Potential Energy Surfaces4. State Preparation and Intramolecular Vibrational Energy Redistribution5. Experimental Methods in Unimolecular Dissociation Studies6. Theory of Unimolecular Decomposition--The Statistical Approach7. Applications and Extensions of Statistical Theories8. Dynamical Approaches9. Product Energy Distributions10. The Dissociation of Small and Large Clusters

From Our Editors

The field of unimolecular reaction has witnessed impressive advances in both experimental and theoretical techniques during the past 20 years. These developments have resulted in experimental measurements that finally permit critical test of the major assumptions made more than 60 years ago when Rice and Ramsperger and Kassel first proposed their statistical RRK theory of unimolecular decay.

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"The authors are to be congratulated and thanked for a timely and important contribution to the textbook literature in the field of unimolecular reactions. They have produced a remarkably balanced and integrated account of both experiment and theory, which is already becoming a standardreference for workers in the field." --Journal of Chemical Education