The unusual properties of high molecular Rydberg states with principal quantum number have enabled the development of new research tools for the study of molecules and ions in the gas phase. These tools range from spectroscopic techniques such as zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy and mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy to techniques that are suited to the investigation of photodissociation processes, bimolecular reactions, and state-selected ion-molecule reactions. This review summarizes recent progress in the understanding of the properties of high molecular Rydberg states and gives an overview of recent chemical applications of these states.


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