Any mechanism must explain the
available evidence. For free radical halogenation, the available evidence
The reaction requires either light or
The reaction will cause many
chlorinations to occur with only a small amount of light.
The reaction will continue for a while
after the light is turned off but will later stop.
The wavelength of light which is most
effective in chlorination is that which is known to cause the reaction Cl2
Oxygen will inhibit the reaction.
Trace amounts of ethane can sometimes
be found after the chlorination of methane.
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OVERALL HALOGENATION MECHANISM
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