CHAPTER 3: Experimentally Harnessing Electric Fields in Chemical Transformations
Published:05 Mar 2021
S. Ciampi, I. Diez-Perez, M. L. Coote, and N. Darwish, in Effects of Electric Fields on Structure and Reactivity: New Horizons in Chemistry, ed. S. Shaik and T. Stuyver, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021, pp. 71-118.
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This chapter outlines experiments in which electric fields have been demonstrated to drive reaction rates and selectivity. The purpose of the chapter is to introduce seemingly unrelated experimental platforms – from an electrified nanoscale gap of a scanning tunnelling microscope, to the air–water interface of a microscale droplet – that can be used to harness electrostatic effects on bonding and reactivity.