Electron transfer in organic reactions

Matthias Patz, Shunichi Fukuzumi

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Most organic bond-forming reactions can be described as nucleophile-electrophile combinations. For many of these reactions there have been discussions as to whether the bond formation occurs together with the electron transfer or whether electron transfer and bond formation take place in separate steps. This discussion is reviewed and it is shown how to distinguish between the different processes based on kinetic analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Organic Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1997


  • Electron transfer
  • Electrophile
  • Mechanism
  • Nucleophile
  • Outer-sphere electron transfer


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