Directions of chemical change: experimental characterization of the stereodynamics of photodissociation and reactive processes†
This perspective article aims at accounting for the versatility of some current experimental investigations for exploring novel paths in chemical reactions. It updates a previous one [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2005, 5, 291] and is limited to work by the authors. The use of advanced molecular beam techniques together with a combination of modern tools for specific preparation, selection and detection permits us to discover new trends in reactivity in the gas phase as well as at interfaces. We specifically discuss new facets of stereodynamics, namely the effects of molecular orientation and alignment on reactive and photodissociation processes. Further topics involve roaming paths and triple fragmentation in photodissociation probed by imaging techniques, chirality effects in collisions and deviations from Arrhenius behavior in the temperature dependence of chemical reactions.
- This article is part of the themed collection: PCCP’s 15th anniversary