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Chemical Dynamics in Condensed Phases: Relaxation, Transfer, and Reactions in Condensed Molecular Systems (Oxford Graduate Texts) [Hardcover]

Abraham Nitzan
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June 1, 2006 0198529791 978-0198529798
This text provides a uniform and consistent approach to diversified problems encountered in the study of dynamical processes in condensed phase molecular systems. Given the broad interdisciplinary aspect of this subject, the book focuses on three themes: coverage of needed background material, in-depth introduction of methodologies, and analysis of several key applications. The uniform approach and common language used in all discussions help to develop general understanding and insight on condensed phases chemical dynamics. The applications discussed are among the most fundamental processes that underlie physical, chemical and biological phenomena in complex systems.

The first part of the book starts with a general review of basic mathematical and physical methods (Chapter 1) and a few introductory chapters on quantum dynamics (Chapter 2), interaction of radiation and matter (Chapter 3) and basic properties of solids (chapter 4) and liquids (Chapter 5). In the second part the text embarks on a broad coverage of the main methodological approaches. The central role of classical and quantum time correlation functions is emphasized in Chapter 6. The presentation of dynamical phenomena in complex systems as stochastic processes is discussed in Chapters 7 and 8. The basic theory of quantum relaxation phenomena is developed in Chapter 9, and carried on in Chapter 10 which introduces the density operator, its quantum evolution in Liouville space, and the concept of reduced equation of motions. The methodological part concludes with a discussion of linear response theory in Chapter 11, and of the spin-boson model in chapter 12. The third part of the book applies the methodologies introduced earlier to several fundamental processes that underlie much of the dynamical behaviour of condensed phase molecular systems. Vibrational relaxation and vibrational energy transfer (Chapter 13), Barrier crossing and diffusion controlled reactions (Chapter 14), solvation dynamics (Chapter 15), electron transfer in bulk solvents (Chapter 16) and at electrodes/electrolyte and metal/molecule/metal junctions (Chapter 17), and several processes pertaining to molecular spectroscopy in condensed phases (Chapter 18) are the main subjects discussed in this part.

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Editorial Reviews


"This us an excellent book which is intended to be text for a graduate course in condensed matter chemistry and physics. It is extremely well written from the pedagogic and literary points of view."-- Journal of Statistical Physics

About the Author

Abraham Nitzan is at Department of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Graduate Texts
  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198529791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198529798
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force! August 30, 2006
When I was asked by JACS to write a review of this book, I expected a good concise overview of Prof. Nitzan's many contributions to the field of quantum chemical dynamics. When I received a >700 page text I knew I had my work as a reviewer cut out for me. This book is a milestone in the field. It lays out the foundations of quantum condensed phase dynamics: quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, liquid theory, condensed matter theory, stochastic processes, and spectroscopy, and then builds upon these to present a clear and precise picture of how chemical physicists

and physical chemists view chemical reactions. Most of the results and ideas are from the recent literature--many from Prof. Nitzan's own work over the past 30 odd years. What I really like is the crystal clear pedagogy and development of the topics presented. I am sure that this will be one of the first books I'll turn in doing my own research.

This is really a very specialized book aimed at researchers and graduate students in physical chemistry and chemical physics. However, I think that the presentation is general enough that it will have broader appeal to other areas of physics.

While aimed a a theoretical audience, this will have appeal for experimental researchers. I highly recommend this as a text for an advanced graduate course or as a convenient reference text for researchers in all areas of chemical dynamics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners October 6, 2006
I am a Grad starting some reaserch in ET field. This book saved me a lot from struggling to understanding basic conceptions, assumptions, models, and theories. It is written so decently and much easier to be understood compared with those original papers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No better book in the field. December 30, 2011
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I was a graduate student in quantum chemistry, and I knew nothing about chemical dynamics until I read Abe's book as a postdoc. The book is sensational,
and it is by far the easiest place to learn about Marcus theory and Kramer's theory of solvent-controlled reactions. I come back to this book all the time.
There is no book more important for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of chemical dynamics in the condensed phase.
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