Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Homolysis

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_733-3

Synonyms

Definition

In chemistry, homolysis is the scission of a chemical bond in a neutral molecule to give two free radicals.
$$ \mathrm{A}-\mathrm{B}\to \mathrm{A}\cdotp +\mathrm{B}\cdotp $$

Keywords

Free Radical Bioorganic Chemistry Chemical Bond Neutral Molecule Visible Irradiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geophysical LaboratoryCarnegie Institution of WashingtonWashingtonUSA