It is a remarkable fact that spin interactions that are orders of magnitude smaller than the thermal energy, kBT, can have profound effects in chemistry. Manifestations include magnetic field and magnetic isotope effects on chemical reaction rates and yields, and hyperpolarization of electron and nuclear spins. Areas in which spin chemical phenomena have found applications range from magnetoelectroluminescence in organic and inorganic semiconductors, solar energy conversion in photosynthetic systems, and magnetocarcinogenesis to the mechanism of the avian magnetic compass sense. This Special Topic on Spin Chemistry highlights the forefront of research in this interdisciplinary area spanning physics, chemistry, and biology.
Guest Editors:Peter Hore, Konstantin Ivanov, Michael Wasielewski, and Emily Weiss with JCP Deputy Editor David Manolopoulos