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Free Radical Chain Reactions in Organic Synthesis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125087605, 9780080924953

Free Radical Chain Reactions in Organic Synthesis

1st Edition

Series Editors: Alan Katritzky O. Meth-Cohn C. Rees
Authors: William Motherwell David Crich
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125087605
eBook ISBN: 9780080924953
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd October 2013
Page Count: 288
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Table of Contents

Some Basic Concepts of Free Radical Chain Reactions. Books and Review Articles. Substitution Reactions. Olefin Forming gb-Elimination Reactions. Preparative Free Radical Rearrangement Reactions. Intermolecular Carbonb1Carbon Bond Forming Free Radical Chain Reactions. Intramolecular Carbon*b1Carbon Bond Forming Free Radical Chain Reactions. Chapter References. Index of Compounds and Methods.


Written for both the experienced practitioner and the newcomer, this book provides essential guidance to the practical aspects of free radical chain reactions. The book presents tried and tested synthetic schemes as well as a selection of recently developed methods describing rationally designed, highly efficient syntheses giving high yield interconversions of functional groups and carbon*b1carbon bond formation under mild, neutral conditions.

Written by two experienced practitioners in the field, this volume explodes the myth that free radicals are highly reactive, non-selective intermediates.

Key Features

  • Contains an extensive introduction discussing principles, advantages, and disadvantages of radical chain reactions
  • Demonstrates functional group interconversions by radical chain reactions
  • Lists carbon*b1carbon bond formations
  • Presents inter- and intramolecular radical chain reactions
  • Includes many examples and experimental details selected by experienced practitioners in this field


Synthetic organic chemists in academic and industrial research


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About the Series Editors

Alan Katritzky

Alan Katritzky

Alan Katritzky was educated at Oxford and has held faculty positions at Cambridge and East Anglia before he migrated in 1980 to the University of Florida, where he was Kenan Professor and Director for the Institute for Heterocyclic Compounds. During his career he has trained more than 1000 graduate students and post-docs, and lectured and consulted world-wide. He led the team, which produced “Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry” and its sequels, "CHEC-II" and "CHEC-III”, has edited “Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Vols. 1 through 111” and conceived the plan for “Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations”. He founded Arkat-USA, a non-profit organization which publishes “Archive for Organic Chemistry” (ARKIVOC) an electronic journal completely free to authors and readers at ( Honors include 14 honorary doctorates from 11 countries and membership of foreign membership of the National Academies of Britain, Catalonia, India, Poland, Russia and Slovenia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

O. Meth-Cohn

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sunderland, UK

C. Rees

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK

About the Authors

William Motherwell

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science and Technology

David Crich

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science and Technology