Quantum effects in chemistry: Seven sample situations

Mark A. Ratner*, Ronnie Kosloff

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Significant quantum effects in chemistry range from static structure (electronic and geometrical) through dynamical behavior, including optical properties, conductance, relaxation, decoherence, and thermalization. We outline seven situations in which molecular systems exhibit ineluctably quantum behavior. These range from situations in which the community can understand the problem quantitatively and conceptually (for example for dilute sets of spins in NMR) to femtosecond/attosecond situations, which the community understands only primitively. In condensed phase, the dynamics will always evolve in a system/bath environment, and we discuss here how to pose, and to start understanding, problems of that sort. 1876-6196

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
JournalProcedia Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Event22nd Solvay Conference on Chemistry - Quantum Effects in Chemistry and Biology - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Oct 13 2010Oct 16 2010


  • Coherence
  • Electron transfer
  • Electron transport
  • Energy transfer
  • Excitons
  • Relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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