Sec. 8 - Free Radicals1Free Radical ReactionsFree Radical →any atoms or groups of atoms that has one or more unpaired electrons. They usually has do not have a positive or negative charge, but are highly reactive and short lived reaction intermediates Production of RadicalsHomolysis of relatively weak bonds such as O-O or X-X bonds can occur with addition of energy in the form of heat or lighthomolytic bond cleavage of σbondVollhardt. Chap. 3 Sec. 5-7
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