The transition state of thermal organic reactions: Direct observation in real time

D. Hern Paik, Ding Shyue Yang, I-Ren Lee, Ahmed H. Zewail

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A classic in physical organic chemistry, the inversion of cyclooctatetraene (COT), was studied with femtosecond resolution by negative-ion-beam techniques. The transition state for the thermal inversion was accessed directly by detachment of the electron from the planar COT- ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2830-2834
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May 17



  • Cyclooctatetraene
  • Femtochemistry
  • Photodetachment
  • Transition states
  • Wave-packet dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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