Free Radical Chain Reactions in Organic Synthesis

1st Edition

Authors: William Motherwell David Crich
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125087605
eBook ISBN: 9780080924953
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th November 1991
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 Carbon*b1Carbon 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 Authors

William Motherwell Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science and Technology

David Crich Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science and Technology