Is it possible write this reaction in latex ?

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I used this code, but the "image" of raction is very big. How I can reduce it ?

    \usepackage[inner=3cm,outer=2cm,tmargin=2.0cm,bmargin=2.0cm, includefoot, includehead]{geometry}

    {$\left\delimleft\vrule height\delimhalfdim depth\delimhalfdim
    {$\left.\vrule height\delimhalfdim depth\delimhalfdim


%\arrow(.mid east--.mid west){->[\parbox{5cm}{\centering -m \si{H_2O}\\-k ROH}]}[,1.8]
%\arrow(.mid east--.mid west){->[\parbox{5cm}{\centering -m \si{H_2O}\\-k ROH}]}[,1.8]
\chemrel[-m {\si{H_2O}//-k ROH}]{->}
%\arrow{->[\parbox{5cm}{\centering -m \si{H_2O}\\-k ROH}]}



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2 Answers 2


I propose the following solution. I've made a number of changes:

  • First of all I find your use of enumerate a bit strange. It looks like you want equation numbers for your reactions. If that's it then I'd use an equation environment. With the class option leqno its numbers will be placed on the left.
  • I'd still use chemfig's \schemestart ... \schemestop mechanism. In it the \arrow command can be used to have the reaction downwards instead to left. This can be done by using the optional <angle> argument:

    \arrow{<arrow spec>}[<angle>,<length>]

    I use an angle of -90 below. In order for the label not to rotate you can use the * syntax of \arrow labels:


    Using *{0} will give the label a horizontal orientation.

  • This one is more a cosmetic thing: I use a lot more indentation inside \chemfig{} which makes the formulae much more readable.

  • For placing several lines on the arrow I use a tabular. This is more comfortable than a \parbox because there's no need to specify a width.
  • I use math mode for the stoichiometric factors.
  • Last I changed the syntax of \makebraces a bit into a more LaTeX-like syntax and renamed it into \makepolymerbraces. This is only my personal taste...

The complete example gives:

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Here's the code:



% polymer delimiters:

         \vrule height\polymer@delimhalfdim depth\polymer@delimhalfdim width0pt
          \vrule height\polymer@delimhalfdim depth\polymer@delimhalfdim width0pt

\usepackage{lipsum}% dummy text



        \ch{$-m$ H2O} \\
        \ch{$-k$ ROH}



Please use the package chemfig for this. For the braces you should have a look in chapter 12.5 of its documentation.

Here is some code to start with:

% arara: pdflatex


  • 1
    the x is not part of the molecule but a stoichiometric factor, just like the m in front of H2O and the z later on. As such they're variables and should be typeset as such ($x$, $m$...) and should not be part of \chemfig{...}. Also, I would think the chemfig's scheme commands would be a better solution than the \chemrel thingy. It would for example allow for a vertical arrangement in order to have a bit more space horizontally...
    – cgnieder
    Jul 9, 2014 at 9:54
  • thank you. How can I put two things in arrow ?
    – user46548
    Jul 9, 2014 at 12:11
  • @user46548 see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/113138/…
    – cgnieder
    Jul 9, 2014 at 12:48

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