Researchers Discover New Class of Chemical Reaction

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:32 in Physics & Chemistry

A new study led by Columbia Engineering Prof. Michael P. Burke has identified the significance of a new class of chemical reactions--previously ignored--involving three molecules that each participate in the breaking and forming of chemical bonds. The reaction of three different molecules is enabled by an "ephemeral collision complex," formed from the collision of two molecules, which lives long enough to collide with a third molecule.

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