Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Professor Xiao-Qing Zhu studied the relationship between thermodynamics and kinetics of various chemical reactions, especially of hydride transfer reactions for more than 20 years. He first established the thermodynamic driving force scale and database of a variety of organic compounds to release hydride ions in acetonitrile. In the theoretical study, he discovered the fundamental error of Marcus equation and established a new kinetic equation (named as Zhu's equation) that can be used to predict the rate constants of various chemical reactions using only one physical parameter of each reactant. He also developed a new KIE kinetic model to replace the traditional KIE kinetic model. This new KIE model can be used not only interpret uniformly, but also predict the KIE values of various chemical reactions.