Mettler Toledo's Adrian Burke and Dominique Hebrault have launched 'Metal catalyzed transformations'.
The publication reviews four recent academic examples where Mettler Toledo's ReactIR in-situ spectroscopy quickly supplied key reaction parameters to researchers in highly usable graphic formats.
ReactIR also allowed results collection in fewer experiments, saving researchers time and materials cost.
Defining reaction start and end points - and ensuring reaction completeness - has historically presented a challenge to researchers in both academia and industry.
However, IR spectroscopy, such as Mettler Toledo's ReactIR, has been shown to help researchers describe mechanisms, pathways and kinetics of critical catalytic reactions.
The paper highlights the contexts in which ReactIR answered key reaction questions.
In the first three studies, ReactIR was used to analyse reaction time to completion, the structure of reaction intermediaries, and reaction rate and mechanism, respectively.
The fourth and final study demonstrated the power of combining structural information offered by the functional specificity of mid-IR with the kinetic information gained from in-situ reaction-rate monitoring: researchers determined that formation of an unexpected intermediary was negatively affecting racemisation.
ReactIR in-situ spectroscopy was shown to provide valuable information that enabled full description of the complex reactions.
Results also proved complementary to other structural data such as NMR.
Finally, the combination of ReactIR with Mettler Toledo's iC Kinetics software created a more robust methodology that allowed the study of reaction kinetics using fewer experiments than more traditional approaches.