Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 55–62

Complementarity and the temporal Uncertainty principle. Insight into the dichotomous formulations of the Curtin-Hammett principle. A new formulation

  • S Chandrasekhar

DOI: 10.1163/156856797X00394

Cite this article as:
Chandrasekhar, S. Res. Chem. Intermed. (1997) 23: 55. doi:10.1163/156856797X00394


By the temporal Uncertainty principle, chemical systems may be described in terms of ‘kinetic’ or ‘thermodynamic’ complementary formulations, based on rate or equilibrium constants, and free energy changes respectively. Thereby, the paradox of the dichotomous formulations of the Curtin-Hammett principle is resolved. A new formulation of the principle is suggested, and a fundamental conflict with transition state theory is indicated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S Chandrasekhar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Organic ChemistryIndian institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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