Formal Kinetics

  • Philipp O. J. SchererEmail author
  • Sighart F. Fischer
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


In this chapter, we discuss the phenomenological description of elementary chemical reactions and photophysical processes with the help of rate equations. We explain the concept of reaction variable and reaction order, derive the Michaelis–Menten equation for enzymatic catalysis and discuss the importance of diffusion for reactions in solution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physikdepartment T38Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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