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3: Nonchain Reactions

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    Although many radical reactions in carbohydrate chem­is­try are chain processes, non­chain re­ac­tions ­also play a significant role in the chem­istry of these com­pounds. As mentioned at the begin­ning of Chapter 2, chain and non­chain reac­tions each involve radical formation, transfor­mation, and dis­ap­pear­ance. The difference is that for chain reactions the transformation cycle typically is repeated many times for each initiating radical, but for non­chain reac­tions each radical formed causes transformation to take place only once. The radicals that participate in nonchain reactions sometimes are formed by bond homolysis but more often are produced by electron transfer. Bond homolysis is usually a photochemical reac­tion. Electron transfer typic­ally involves transition-metal-generated radicals.


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