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The structural theory and physical organic chemistry

Chandrasekhar, S (1996) The structural theory and physical organic chemistry. In: Research on Chemical Intermediates, 22 (2). pp. 137-143.

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Woolley's revolutionary proposal that quantum mechanics does not sanction the concept of ''molecular structure'' - which is but only a ''metaphor'' - has fundamental implications for physical organic chemistry. On the one hand, the Uncertainty Principle limits the precision with which transition state structures may be defined; on the other, extension of the structure concept to the transition state may be unviable. Attempts to define transition states have indeed caused controversy. Consequences for molecular recognition, and a mechanistic classification, are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Research on Chemical Intermediates
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 06:42
Last Modified: 13 May 2011 06:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/37640

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