Articles | Volume 21, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 15725–15753, 2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 15725–15753, 2021
Technical note
21 Oct 2021
Technical note | 21 Oct 2021

Technical note: Adsorption and desorption equilibria from statistical thermodynamics and rates from transition state theory

Daniel A. Knopf and Markus Ammann

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