rate-determining step

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rate-determining step

The chemical reaction in a series of sequential reactions that takes the longest to occur.
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The activation energy for the rate determining step of propagation ([E.
Without arbitrary assignments regarding the rate determining step of propagation, isothermal grafting kinetics can be described adequately using an expression that captures the behavior of VTEOS additions as well as those of related modification reactions.