Experimental Verification of the Theories of an Elementary Act of Proton Donor Discharge
In the preceding chapter, we gave a brief account of the modern theory of an elementary act of charge transfer reactions and, in particular, of electrode reactions. This new theory basically differs from the concepts generally accepted for a long time, and especially from the Horiuti-Polanyi model, in that it takes into account the dynamic role of the solvent and the difference in the behavior of classical and quantum degrees of freedom. This difference should be manifested most clearly in proton transfer reactions, since the proton is a particle which behaves essentially in a quantum-mechanical manner1. Therefore, our primary task was to study experimentally an elementary act of proton donor discharge.
KeywordsPreexponential Factor Proton Donor Reorganization Energy Kinetic Isotope Effect Tunneling Probability
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