Thermal electron transfer reactions in polar solvents

Neil R. Kestner*, Jean Logan, Joshua Jortner

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A quantum mechanical theory of electron transfer reactions is developed using the techniques employed in solid-state and radiationless transition theory. This theory allows one to incorporate the effects of both the long-range polaron modes of the liquid and the short-range specific hydrational modes around the ions. Typical calculations suggest that the resulting temperature dependence of the activation energy may be observed experimentally in some cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2148-2166
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1974


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