Reactive Free Radicals

Reactive Free Radicals

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: J Hay
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323160834

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Reactive Free Radicals deals with the chemistry of reactive free radicals. The initial premise is that the reactivity of a free radical depends upon its shape and therefore upon the character of the orbital(s) containing the unpaired electron. Based on this premise, a possible explanation for some of the fascinating phenomena observed in a number of free radical reactions such as combustion and pyrolysis is offered. This book is comprised of five chapters and begins with a brief overview of the chemistry of free radicals, what they are and how they are formed, and their structure and reactivity. The emphasis is on those characteristics of free radicals attributable directly to the unpaired electron function. The reader is then introduced to the techniques used for the determination of the structure of free radicals, including electron spin resonance spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. Subsequent chapters focus on bond dissociation energies and some of the complications arising from polar and non-polar effects in free radical reactions. This monograph should serve as a valuable reference for organic chemists as well as undergraduate and graduate students of organic chemistry.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Introduction

    The Formation of Free Radicals

    The Formation of Radicals by Unimolecular Dissociation

    Typical Reactions of Free Radicals


    2. The Structure of Radicals

    E.S.R. Spectroscopy

    N.M.R. Spectroscopy

    Infrared (I.R.) Spectroscopy

    Empirical Considerations



    3. Bond Dissociation Energies

    Experimental Methods of Determining Β.D.E's

    Mechanism of Bond Dissociation

    Instantaneous Bond Dissociation Energies (I.B.D.E's)

    Heats of Atomization

    Strain Energies

    Free Radicals

    Structure Factors


    4. The Formation and Reactivity of Radicals: Non-Polar Effects

    Radical-Radical Reactions

    Radicals +O2 and NO

    Radical-Unsaturated Bond Additions

    Aromatic Substitution

    Hydrogen Abstraction Reactions

    1,5-Hydrogen Abstraction

    1,4-Hydrogen Abstraction

    1,3-Hydrogen Abstraction

    "Hot" Radicals


    5. The Formation and Reactivity of Radicals: Polar Effects


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 166
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323160834

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