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Electrostatic catalysis of a Diels-Alder reaction

Aragonès, Albert C; Haworth, Naomi; Darwish, Nadim; Ciampi, Simone; Bloomfield, Nathaniel J; Wallace, Gordon G; Diez-Perez, Ismael; Coote, Michelle


It is often thought that the ability to control reaction rates with an applied electrical potential gradient is unique to redox systems. However, recent theoretical studies suggest that oriented electric fields could affect the outcomes of a range of chemical reactions, regardless of whether a redox system is involved. This possibility arises because many formally covalent species can be stabilized via minor charge-separated resonance contributors. When an applied electric field is aligned in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-03-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature16989
Access Rights: Open Access


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