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In chemistry, a multi-component reaction (or MCR) is a chemical reaction where three or more compounds react to form a single product.
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Examples of three component reactions:
Examples of four component reactions:
The exact nature of this type of reaction is often difficult to assess, in collision theory a simultaneous interaction of 3 or more different molecules is less likely resulting in a low reaction rate. These reactions are more likely to involve a series of bimolecular reactions.
New MCR's are found by building a chemical library from combinatorial chemistry or by combining existing MCR's. For example, a 7-component MCR results from combining the Ugi reaction with the Asinger reaction. MCR's are an important tool in new drug discovery.
Categories: Multiple component reactions | Chemical kinetics
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