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Is there a general consensus on the causes of the alpha-effect?

There have been various explanations posited for the $\alpha$-effect. The $\alpha$-effect refers to a phenomenon wherein nucleophiles with lone pairs on atoms adjacent (i.e., in the $\alpha$- ...
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Deliquescence/efflorescence: How can I convert between salt concentration and RH?

I am looking at two phase diagrams, one has axes of $T$ and $\%\ce{MgClO4}$ in a $\ce{H2O-MgClO4}$ mix, and the other has axes of $T$ and relative humidity. The authors of the second phase diagram say ...
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Manuals for a Cahn TG-171 Thermogravimetric Analyzer

Recently a Cahn TG-171 Thermogravimetric Analyzer was donated to my school. We did not get a service or user's manual with it, and some of it still needs to be put back together. I have tried to ...
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How can I update a map/mesh and coordinates in a PyMol session file?

I have a PyMol session file I was using to create my figures. It contains a protein and ligand broken into several groups of atoms with a fair bit of overlap. There are also a few meshes built from ...
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Why does hyperconjugation help for ring cleavage?

The question was to rationalize it the ring cleavage happens concerted or non-concerted. The papers "The Mechanism of the Thermal Decomposition of 1-Pyrazolines and Its Relationship to ...
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Molecular Imaging - Any surprises to be had?

Molecular imaging, using STM and AFM technologies, appear so far to visually prove most of what we already know about chemical structures, such as VSEPR theory. For instance, here are the ideal ...
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Relativistic effect: d-electrons in metallorganic complexes

With higher period the d-electrons of the metal are less strong bonded and therefore oxidative addition is easier for $\ce{Ir(I)}$ than for $\ce{Rh(I)}$ and much easier than for $\ce{Co(I)}$. For ...
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Finding the number of cyclic isomers algorithmically

Is there an algorithm for finding the number of cyclic isomers a given compound might have? I've found a general algorithm for all isomers: link, but I'm not sure how to apply it for cyclic isomers ...
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When measuring avidity should you use the ligand concentration or the nanoparticle concentration?

Looking at avidity between a ligand-receptor, you're looking at an enhancement of the $K_d$ compared to a lone ligand. Is it more appropriate to compare the $K_d$ using the concentration of the ...
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How different concentration of HCl on magnesium affect the enthalpy change

I had conducted an experiment where I reacted a $0.3\ \mathrm{g}$ strip of magnesium with $100\ \mathrm{mL}$ of varying concentrations of $\ce{HCl}$: $1\ \mathrm{mol/L}$, $2\ \mathrm{mol/L}$ and $3\ ...
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Is OClF5 theoretically possible?

On page 88 and 89 of this document, the author laments that $\ce{OClF5}$ has still not been discovered. He says it would be "just about the ultimate possible storable oxidizer" (for rockets). (Note: ...
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How does the silver nucleate on glass in Tollen's reagent mirroring?

I'm trying to figure out how exactly does the silver start to grow during a mirroring with Tollen's reagent. I've made two pictures to illustrate how i see the nucleation/growth process of silver on ...
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Hosoya Z Index and Correlation with Boiling Point

I have recently read about the Z topological index found by Hosoya. The papers/sources The Z index is the sum of the coefficients of the matching polynomials (no. of ways to choose an independent edge ...
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Superscript open circle notation in formula

I may be only a physicist but I'm familiar with the superscripted dot to indicate a radical. In a paper I'm reading the authors have also used a superscripted open circle. I can't find any reference ...
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Disregarding negative externalities and other barriers, what are some fuels that have a higher power density than gasoline?

Gasoline’s power throughput per kg is $12\,200\:\mathrm{Wh/kg}$ (Wikipedia.org). Are there any other fuels that have a higher power output that are not considered viable solutions as they are ...

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