Bowler, Bruce E. Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Ellis, Walther R., Jr. Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Gray, Harry B. Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Meade, Thomas J. Division of Biology, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
- Self-exchange and cross reactions
- Inner-sphere and outer-sphere mechanisms
- Electron-transfer theory
- Long-range electron transfer
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A reaction in which one electron is transferred from one molecule or ion to another molecule or ion. Electron-transfer reactions are ubiquitous in nature. Some are deceptively simple [for example, reaction (1), where the asterisk is used to identify a specific isotope]; others look very complicated (for example, the long-range electron transfers found in biology). The widespread occurrence of electron-transfer reactions has stimulated much theoretical and experimental work. See also: Biological oxidation; Chemiosmosis; Photosynthesis
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