Radical Chain Initiating

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Radical Chain Initiating

Postby 103978133 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:42 pm

What does is it mean to be radical chain initiating? This can be found on the question 14.77 in the text book.

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Re: Radical Chain Initiating

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:54 pm

Radical chain reactions are reactions where a molecule with a free radical (unpaired electron) reacts with stable molecules to form new free radicals.

In order for a molecule to be radical chain initiating, it must have an unpaired electron.

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Re: Radical Chain Initiating

Postby 103978133 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:12 pm

How can a reaction be radical chain initiating? Do we look for a molecule with an unpaired electron as the product for this to happen?
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Re: Radical Chain Initiating

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:40 pm

Exactly. The initiation reaction must produce a molecule with an unpaired electron.


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