Rates, Equilibria, and Structures in Proton-Transfers

  • R. P. Bell


This chapter will be concerned mainly with the relation between the equilibrium constants of acid-base reactions and their forward and reverse rates. Relations between equilibrium constants and structure have already been considered in Chapter 6, so that the present discussion also implies relations between rates and structure. Moreover, there are many cases in which rates are easier to measure (though more difficult to interpret) than equilibria and can be compared directly with structures. We shall first consider the general basis and experimental evidence for this type of relation, followed by its molecular interpretation, with special reference to exceptional cases. We have seen in the two preceding chapters that the rates of proton-transfer reactions can be measured either directly, or indirectly through the study of acid-base catalysis, and in the following discussion information from both sources will be used indifferently.


Equilibrium Constant Proton Transfer Tertiary Amine Energy Curve Carbon Acid 
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  • R. P. Bell
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  1. 1.University of StirlingScotland

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