What is the intermediate formed in homolytic fission?


Homolytic fission is a type of bond fission that involves the dissociation of a given molecule wherein one electron is retained by each of the original fragments of the molecule. Therefore, when a neutrally charged molecule is subjected to homolytic fission, two free radicals are obtained as the product.

The energy required to facilitate homolytic fission in a molecule is often referred to as the homolytic bond dissociation energy of the molecule. An illustration detailing the homolytic fission of a molecule AB, resulting in the formation of two free radicals (Ao and Bo) is provided below.

Homolytic fission

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