Is the simplest chemical reaction really so simple?

Justin Jankunas, Mahima Sneha, Richard N. Zare*, Foudhil Bouakline, Stuart C. Althorpe, Diego Herráez-Aguilar, F. Javier Aoiz

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Modern computational methods have become so powerful for predicting the outcome for the H + H2 → H2 + H bimolecular exchange reaction that it might seem further experiments are not needed. Nevertheless, experiments have led the way to cause theorists to look more deeply into this simplest of all chemical reactions. The findings are less simple.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2014


  • Differential cross-sections, Reaction dynamics

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