Once I have read that in some cases bimolecular reactions can exhibit a maximum as a function of temperature due to the short lifetime of the activated complex at very high temperatures.
At low temperatures the rate is increasing because the reaction is limited by diffusion or by the encounter rate. At high temperatures the rate is decreasing because the lifetime of the bimolecular complex is very short, so that there is no time to overcome the barrier for bond breaking or making. This means the reactants have lots of encounters but they do not have time to react each time they encounter, so that the effective rate is small.
Could any one please indicate any piece of reference or useful terminology for this ? I have read this a while ago from a couple of papers and I can only remember the phenomenology, without any precise information.