Free-Radical Reactions

  • Francis A. Carey
  • Richard J. Sundberg


A free-radical reaction is a chemical process in which molecules having unpaired electrons are involved. The radical species could be a starting compound or a product, but in organic chemistry, the most common cases are reactions that involve radicals as intermediates. Most of the reactions discussed to this point have been heterolytic processes involving polar intermediates or transition states in which all electrons remain paired throughout the course of the reaction. In radical reactions, homolytic bond cleavages occur.


Unpaired Electron Radical Intermediate Hydrogen Abstraction Free Radical Reaction Reorganization Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis A. Carey
    • 1
  • Richard J. Sundberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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