encounter complex

A @C01203@ of @M03986@ produced at an @E02089@, and which occurs as an intermediate in a @M03804@. When the complex is formed from two molecular entities it is called an '@E02090@'. A distinction between @E02086@ pairs and (larger) @E02086@ complexes may be relevant in some cases, e.g. for mechanisms involving @P04794@.
PAC, 1994, 66, 1077. (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1112 [Terms] [Paper]
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PAC, 1996, 68, 2223. (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 2239 [Terms] [Paper]