Impossible reactions: 5 chemistry rules broken – New Scientist

February 6, 2012
quasixtal, oscill. BZ rxn, XePtF6, 3-atom carbocat., QM tunnels

…and a longer version:
(1) quasicrystals & Shechtman Nobel;
(2) BZ reaction as wave via autocatalytic intermediate synthesis, damped so not to violated 2nd law; (3) Bartlett’s XePtF6 via super oxidizer (i.e. electron grabber) PtF6;
(4) Olah’s carbocation spread over 3 atoms (causes reaction to join on a different C than predicted)
(5) odd tunneling effects with intermediates push reactions to seemingly unfavorable products

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