what does it mean when kinetics rather than thermodynamics is controlling a reaction

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what does it mean when kinetics rather than thermodynamics is controlling a reaction

Postby 205150314 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:03 pm

What does that mean?

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Re: what does it mean when kinetics rather than thermodynamics is controlling a reaction

Postby Ryan Yee 1J » Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:21 pm

In the example from Dr. Lavelle's lecture, the conversion of diamond to graphite is thermodynamically stable, however it isn't kinetically stable, so diamond remains as diamond despite the conversion being thermodynamically favored. Because the conversion isnt kinetically stable, the reaction does not proceed forwards.

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Re: what does it mean when kinetics rather than thermodynamics is controlling a reaction

Postby kevinolvera1j » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:45 pm

Thermodynamics typically deals with state functions whereas kinetics deals with different pathways that control the speed of the reaction. This especially comes into play when dealing with activation energies


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