Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
How to Cite
le Noble, W. J. 2001. Organic Reaction Mechanisms. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
The mechanism of a reaction is a pathway by which the atoms travel from their initial positions in the reactants to the final ones in the products; of all the possible pathways, the one followed by most of the molecules in a sample is that which requires the smallest rise in free energy along the way. Reactions are called stepwise if they involve intermediate species with a finite lifetime, or concerted if they do not.
- chemical kinetics;
- reactive intermediates;
- transition states;