Free radicals are complexes of abnormal valency, which possess additive properties, but do not carry an electrical charge and are not free ions. Since Lavoisier introduced his theory of radicals in 1785 there has been the conviction among chemists that the radicals of organic chemistry could be isolated in the free state.
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