Single-molecule force spectroscopy of bimolecular reactions: system homology in the mechanical activation of ligand substitution reactions.
The mechanochemistry of the bimolecular nucleophilic substitution of DMSO for substituted pyridines at a square-planar pincer Pd(II) center was investigated using single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS). The SMFS data are interpreted in terms of the Bell-Evans model, which gives thermal off-rates for two reactions that agree well with previous, stress-free measurements. The characteristic force dependency of the rupture rate, fbeta, is effectively constant for the two reactions examined (22 +/- 2 and 24 +/- 2 pN), and the system homology in the mechanical response is consistent with expected similarities in the reaction potential energy surfaces.
Kersey, FR; Yount, WC; Craig, SL
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