Document Type

Article

Journal Title

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume Number

131

Issue Number

10

First Page

104706-1

Last Page

104706-11

Version

Publisher PDF: the final published version of the article, with professional formatting and typesetting

Original Citation

Sheehan, D.P., Casimir chemistry, J. Chem. Phys. 131 104706 (2009).

Publication Date

9-2009

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

It is shown that, at the nanoscale, the Casimir effect can be used to mechanically tune critical aspects of chemical reaction e.g., energies, equilibrium constants, activation energies, transition states, reaction rates by varying the spacing and composition of reaction vessel boundaries. This suggests new modalities for catalysts, nanoscale chemical manufacturing, chemical-mechanical engines, and biochemical processes in organisms.

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