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Do we fully understand what controls chemical selectivity?

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Abstract

Reaction rates and product selectivity of kinetically controlled reactions are not always sufficiently described by standard RRKM or TST theory. Reactions taking place on potential energy surfaces featuring a valley ridge inflection point belong to this class of reactions. Though various research groups could show that reaction path bifurcations are far from being an exception in organic reactions the underlying principles that govern product distributions of those bifurcating reaction pathways are yet not fully understood. This Perspective has the intention to provide an overview of how far our understanding and the development of the theoretical foundation have progressed.

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The article was received on 09 Aug 2011, accepted on 27 Sep 2011 and first published on 27 Oct 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22565K
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 20906-20922

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    Do we fully understand what controls chemical selectivity?

    J. Rehbein and B. K. Carpenter, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 20906
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22565K

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