chain branching
When in a @[email protected] there is a net increase in the number of @[email protected] there is said to be chain branching. A simple example of a @[email protected] leading to chain branching is:
in which there is one @[email protected] (an oxygen atom) on the left and two chain carriers (a hydrogen atom and a hydroxyl radical) on the right.
See also:
degenerate chain branching
PAC, 1996, 68, 149. (A glossary of terms used in chemical kinetics, including reaction dynamics (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 156 [Terms] [Paper]