Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Controversy and Complementarity in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry. the Transition State and Structural Theories Reexamined

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Research on Chemical Intermediates

It is proposed that molecular phenomena may only be described within the framework of the Complementarity Principle ('CP'), and that scientific controversy may originate in the essential incompatibility of complementary representations. Complementarity based on the temporal Uncertainty Principle leads to new insights into transition state theory, microscopic reversibility and the Curtin-Hammett Principle. An empirical application of the 'CP' to the structural theory leads to a revision of present concepts of 'reaction dynamics', with the Principle of Least Nuclear Motion ('PLNM') emerging as a general alternative to electronic theories of reactivity. In fact, it is argued that the 'PLNM' is a better basis for the Woodward-Hoffmann rules than is orbital symmetry. A more flexible approach to organic reaction mechanisms is thus indicated. Also, as the basis of the structural theory is fundamentally uncertain, and the present theory of X-ray diffraction apparently incompatible with the 'UP', a reinterpretation of the Bragg equation has been attempted.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Research on Chemical Intermediates — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation