A critical review of applications of chlorine kinetic isotope effects in studies of organic reactions mechanisms is presented. Reports from the last five years are considered. During this time chlorine kinetic isotope effects were applied mainly in studies of elimination reactions and nucleophilic substitution reactions. In several cases chemical models were also used as models of the intrinsic kinetic isotope effects in several enzymatic reactions. Both experimental and theoretical approaches have been used.
Keywords: chlorine kinetic isotope effects, elimination reactions, triethylamine(tea)-promoted reactions, nucleophilic substitution
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