The reaction begins with the
formation of chlorine radicals. A light initiated process is shown here.
It can also be initiated by high temperatures.
The free radicals then react with the
methane in a two step propagation:
This process will ordinarily be
repeated a large number of times. This repetitive process is known as a
This process will not continue forever
because any one of the following termination steps will stop a chain:
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