Chemistry ETDs


Warren Bruce

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The study of the rates of chemical reactions in solutions has received a great deal of attention, primarily because of the relative ease with which such investigations can be persued; however, the great number of publications can never obscure the truth that a rigorous treatment of molecular processes in solutions is not available. The approach to the problem has been through extensions of theories which have their origins in descriptions of gaseous systems, and, with few exceptions, these extensions are firmly grounded on the techniques of classical thermodynamics. Hopefully, future advances in the calculation of the partition functions of molecules in the liquid phase will result in a complete description of reactions taking place in solutions; but for the present, it is necessary to characterize such reactions from a less fundamental point of view.



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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Milton Kahn

Second Committee Member

Joseph A. Leary

Third Committee Member

Jesse LeRoy Riebsomer

Fourth Committee Member

Guido Herman Daub

Fifth Committee Member

Glenn Arthur Crosby

Sixth Committee Member

Thomas T. Castonguay