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The subject of this dissertation is primarily the mechanisms and kinetics ot V(III) - V(IV) and Ti(III) - Ti(IV) electron exchange reactions in homogeneous solutions. The electron exchange process is a form of oxidation-reduction or electron transfer reaction where there is no net chemical change, i.e., the concentrations of the chemical species remain unchanged. In such cases there is a continuous exchange of electrons between a reduced and an oxidized form of the same element, such as between Fe(II) - Fe(III), V(III) - V(IV) or Tl(I) - Tl(III). The first two pairs involve one-electron changes while the thallium pair involves a net two-electron change. Since there is no net chemical effect in what is otherwise a chemical process, measurement of this phenomenon must be based on sane method other than chemical for following the progress of the reaction. There are two well-established methods, nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr) and isotope labelling, both dependent on nuclear properties.

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The Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory



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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Milton Kahn

Second Committee Member

Jere W. Knight

Third Committee Member

Christopher Pratt Leavitt

Fourth Committee Member

Raymond N. Castle