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Chemical Kinetics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780444640390

Chemical Kinetics

2nd Edition

From Molecular Structure to Chemical Reactivity

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Author: Luis Arnaut
Paperback ISBN: 9780444640390
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st April 2021
Page Count: 600
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Chemical Kinetics: From Molecular Structure to Chemical Reactivity, Second Edition, is written for both the specialist in the field and upper undergraduate and graduate-level chemistry students. It bridges the gap between the two with a path that leads the reader from phenomenological approach, to rates of chemical reactions, and then to the state-of-the-art calculation of the rate constants of the most prevalent reactions. Sections cover atom transfers, catalysis, proton transfers, substitution reactions, energy transfers and electron transfers. In the process, the reader is presented with the details of collision and transition state theories.

Guided by the explanation of how molecular structures change with time, the book provides the basics: the simplest concepts, the fundamental experiments, and the underlying theories. For the seasoned specialist, it presents sophisticated experimental and theoretical methods, offering a panorama of time-dependent molecular phenomena connected by a new rational.

Key Features

  • Features two new chapters on Fractals, Chaos and Oscillatory Reactions and Pharmacokinetics, with all first edition chapters revised<
  • Includes practical examples, detailed theoretical calculations, and cross-relations between reactions throughout the text to underscore key concepts
  • Provides a state-of-the-art presentation on the kinetics of reactions implicated in the most active research fields


Physical chemists comprise the primary audience (both young researchers and seasoned specialists in kinetics). Students at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels enrolled in related courses

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Reaction rate laws
    3. Experimental methods
    4. Rate constants and reaction orders
    5. Collisions and molecular dynamics
    6. Reactivity in thermalized systems
    7. Structure-Reactivity Relationships
    8. Unimolecular Reactions
    9. Reaction in solution
    10. Reactions in surfaces
    11. Nucleophilic substitution reactions
    12. Chain reactions
    13. Acid-base catalysis and proton-transfer reactions
    14. Enzyme catalysis
    15. Transitions between electronic states
    16. Electron transfers
    17. Fractals, chaos and oscillatory reactions
    18. Pharmacokinetics


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About the Author

Luis Arnaut

Luis G Arnaut, PhD is Professor of Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal. His research focus is on chemical kinetics, medicinal chemistry, and photochemistry. Dr. Arnaut has authored more than 200 journal articles and books throughout his career.

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Chemistry Department, University of Coimbra, Portugal

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