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Zel'dovich mechanism

Zel'dovich mechanism is a chemical mechanism which describes the oxidation of nitrogen and NOx formation, first proposed by the Russian scientists Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, David A. Frank-Kamenetskii and P.Ya. Sadovnikov in 1947.[1][2][3] The reaction mechanisms read as

where and are the reaction rate constants in Arrhenius law. The overall global reaction is given by

The overall reaction rate is mostly governed by first equation since the second equation is much faster than the first equation that occurs instantaneously immediately following the first equation.


  1. ^ Zeldovich, Y. A., D. Frank-Kamenetskii, and P. Sadovnikov. Oxidation of nitrogen in combustion. Publishing House of the Acad of Sciences of USSR, 1947.
  2. ^ Williams, Forman A.. "Combustion theory." (1985).
  3. ^ Linan, Amable, and Forman Arthur Williams. "Fundamental aspects of combustion." (1993).