Initiation (chemistry)

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Chain Initiation: A free radical reaction mechanism step that has no radical reactant (s) and give radical product (s).

In chemistry, initiation is a chemical reaction that triggers one or more secondary reactions. Often the initiation reaction generates a reactive intermediate from a stable molecule which is then involved in secondary reactions. In polymerisation, initiation is followed by a chain reaction and termination.[1]


  1. ^ 1.↑ (en) Initiation Definitie volgens IUPAC Gold book.

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