Doctor of Philosophy
Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
The main goal of this thesis is to experimentally demonstrate that electric fields play a significant role in governing chemical reactivity. The electric forces are generated from either the electric double layer, electrostatic interactions between oxidized species and anions or electrons, or external electric field stimuli. These forces influence the catalysis/inhibitor effects on chemical changes through a detailed analysis of kinetic and thermodynamic data. These effects are also further corroborated with the assistance of digital simulations and quantum calculations.
Zhang, Long, Electrostatic Effects on Chemical Reactivity; Oriented Double Layer Effects on Chemical Bonding Kinetics and Thermodynamics, Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, 2018. https://ro.uow.edu.au/theses1/481