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Annu Rev Phys Chem. 2015 Apr;66:165-88. doi: 10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121428. Epub 2014 Dec 8.

Reaction dynamics at liquid interfaces.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064; email:


The liquid interface is a narrow, highly anisotropic region, characterized by rapidly varying density, polarity, and molecular structure. I review several aspects of interfacial solvation and show how these affect reactivity at liquid/liquid interfaces. I specifically consider ion transfer, electron transfer, and SN2 reactions, showing that solvent effects on these reactions can be understood by examining the unique structure and dynamics of the liquid interface region.


SN2 reaction; electron transfer; ion transfer; phase transfer catalysis

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