Questions tagged [radicals]

Radicals are highly reactive species, that have one or more unpaired electrons. Whether a species has unpaired electron(s) can be experimentally determined through electron pair resonance spectroscopy. Radicals are paramagnetic. This tag should be applied to questions that involve free radicals as a species or radicals in reactions and their mechanisms.

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Why can UV light initiate a reaction between hydrogen and chlorine gas?

Can someone explain me how does UV light help combine chloride gas and hydrogen to produce hydrochloric acid? $$\ce{Cl2(g) + H2(g) -> 2HCl(g)}$$
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Structure of Br3O8

What is the structure of $\ce{Br3O8}$? It has an odd number of electrons; does that make it a free radical? The structure given in my book shows Where did the 7th electron of the central atom go? ...
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Major product of radical fluorination vs bromination

I understand what structure is formed by using $\ce{Br2}$ to brominate this alkane, and I know that $\ce{F2}$ will be less selective in its abstraction of hydrogen. However, how can I know where $\ce{...
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Why does the light catalyzed radical addition of tetrachloromethane to an alkene produce only a single regioisomer?

This reaction always occurs in the following, regiospecific way: $$\ce{CCl4 + R-CH=CH2 ->[$h\nu$] R-CHCl-CH2-CCl3}$$ The same should apparently also happen when there is a carbon that has two ...
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Free radical vs radical cation

What is the difference between a free radical and a radical cation? Are they different thing or do they mean same?
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Is hydroperoxyl radical(HO2) toxic to the human body, or even flammable?

I understand that radicals are damaging to cells, due to their high chemical reactivity. Though I do not know whether they are flammable in any level.
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Why are radical intermediates are more stable on tertiary carbons?

Is this because there's more electron density? More carbons around means the tertiary carbon "has more electrons around it"?
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What is the hybridisation of the carbons in the allyl radical?

The example I am talking about is $\ce{CH2CHCH2^.}$. To find the steric number and hence the hybridization, we use steric number = No. of lone pairs + number of sigma bonds. In this example, the ...
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What determines the high degree of selectivity in free radical brominations?

In my organic chemistry class, we were asked what determines the relatively high degree of selectivity in the reaction of a bromine radical with primary, secondary, and tertiary C–H bonds. I said it ...
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How many different alkyl chlorides result from C4H10 and chlorine?

Let's say there's a reaction $\ce{C4H10 + Cl2}$ taking place under UV light. How many different alkyl chlorides do we obtain? I'm not sure if the resulting molecule would be monochlorinated or ...
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Nitroxyl anion electron structure

Is the $\ce{NO-}$ a radical species? If so, can someone please explain why because $\ce{NO}$ has an odd number of electrons (11), so adding an additional electron would give 12 valence electrons and ...
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What is the difference between radical initiator and radical inhibitor?

I am confused between these two concepts. My book gives $\ce{O2}$ as an example of a radical inhibitor and peroxide as an example of an initiator. But I don’t know why this is so? Both have $\ce{O-O}$ ...
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Why are free radicals so reactive?

Why are free radicals are so reactive? They can break almost any bond, including $\ce{C-H}$ bonds, which are fairly stable. Don’t they have an activation energy or something? Do they not also ...
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Can a free radical be created by chemical reaction of non-radical species?

Here's my thinking: Atomic oxygen in its ground state is a free radical because there are two unpaired electrons in p-orbitals. When species react new orbitals are formed, and perhaps a situation ...
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Regarding allylic free radicals and anti-Markovnikov product

I was searching a question "What is the primary product when cyclohexene reacts with bromine in the presence of UV light?" and in a website they said: 3-Bromocyclohexene will be the product ...
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Properties of a free radical scavenger

Antioxidants are free radical scavengers and are able to reduce free radicals to make them stable. What I am interested in is why some molecules make for superb free radical scavengers and why others ...
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Stability of cyclic radicals

How do we arrange the following in increasing order of stability? The answer given is: $5<3<1<2<4$ (numbering according to their order in the image). My Approach: I can figure that in ...
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Explaining differences in rate of propagation based on monomer structure

The values given below have been taken from my lecture hand out, and they weren't cited so I don't know where my instructor got them from The $k_\mathrm{p}$ (rate constant for propagation in radical ...
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Is it possible to react chlorine with hydrogen under a UV lamp during the electrolysis of salty water?

I have set up an experiment where I am generating chlorine by electrolysing water saturated in NaCl. I know chlorine gas is actually being generated because I hang wet litmus paper in the gas which ...
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Thermodynamic vs kinetic reaction control with radical substitution

Doing a revision for a chemistry class test tomorrow, I stumbled upon thermodynamic and kinetic reaction control in the context of radical substitution. Here, my chemistry teacher said, that ...
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Why is it possible to form bromoalkanes but not iodoalkanes from free radical substitution?

For a free radical substitution (FRS) reaction between iodine $\ce{I2}$ with ethane and bromine $\ce{Br2}$ with ethane $\ce{CH3CH3}$: $E_\mathrm d(\ce{H-I})=299\ \mathrm{kJ\ mol^{-1}}$ $E_\mathrm d(\...
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Reaction between free radicals and water

Free-radical substitution does not occur in aqueous solution as free radicals react with water (from school textbook). What does the reaction between free radicals, say Br, and water produce?
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Free-Radical chlorination: Find all unique mono-chlorinated products

I'm having trouble with this problem. I suspect that there is a typo, as the methylcyclohexene described in the wording does not match the methylcyclopentene shown in the image(someone please confirm ...
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Mechanism for Hydrogen Peroxide decomposition?

Someone asked this question earlier and made no attempt at understanding it on their own so the question was flagged. However, it prompted me to attempt to figure it out. This is what I have come up ...
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Differences in specific free radical reactions enthalpies

Iodination of alkanes using iodine $(\ce{I2})$ is usually an unfavorable reaction. Tetraiodomethane $(\ce{CI4})$ can be used as the iodine source for iodination, in the presence of a free-radical ...
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Reaction between RCH2=CH2 and CCl4 — Why does it form RCHClCH2CH(R)CH2CCl3 along with RCHClCH2CCl3?

I am reading Organic Chemistry from Morrison & Boyd and there is this problem in it: Problem 6.8 From the addition of $\ce{CCl4}$ to alkenes (in presence of peroxides), $\ce{RCH2=CH2}$, there ...
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Why can toluene be chlorinated at either the benzylic position or the ring depending on the conditions?

My book mentions a reaction for the preparation of benzaldehyde with toluene in which side chain chlorination of toluene gives (dichloromethyl)benzene, which upon hydrolysis gives benzaldehyde: Why ...
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Why Use Lewis Structures to Determine Radicals

As far as I know, Lewis Structures are convenient for representing molecules, but give no insight on the actual electron orbitals. For example: The Lewis Structure of $\ce{O_2}$ does not reflect ...
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How to analysis the amount of reactive oxygen atom in specific molecules

From a Phd dissertation here, I read about the material follows: "Odd oxygen is a measure of oxidative capacity of the atmosphere. It contains species with an oxygen atom avaliable to serve as ...
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What is the hybridisation of trifluoromethyl free radical?

Having three σ bonds in a similar manner to $\ce{CH3^·}$ free radical, $\ce{CF3^·}$ should also have $\mathrm{sp^2}$ hybridisation. However, if we look at its shape, it is pyramidal and not planar ...
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Radicals' formation

If carbon atom is tetravalent while oxygen atom is divalent so when they combine together the result should be $\ce{C2O4}$ then how are there compounds of formulas with $\ce{CO2}$, $\ce{CO3}$ and ...
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Ullmann's Reaction (similar to Wurtz) - aryl chloride with deactivating groups - stability of free radical

Ullmann's Reaction: Mechanism: Question: My textbook says with $\ce{X} = \ce{Cl}$, the reaction gives less yield compared to using $\ce{X} = \ce{I}$ since $\ce{Cu}$ is not as reactive as $\ce{Na}$ (...
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Peroxide in acidic conditions being reacted with iron sulphate mechanism

For the proposed mechanism, I would like to think the $\ce{O-O}$ bond would be cleaved first, thus creating two radicals (an $\ce{OH}$ radical and the radical situated on the other Oxygen), then ...
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Photolysis of N-bromo compound in acidic conditions (radical cyclisation)

For the proposed mechanism, I believe that the N-Br bond is firstly broken by the absorbed light hv, then the radical formed on the N will perform an intra-molecular attack on the end of the carbon ...
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Can someone explain the differences in decomposition rates for when two molecules which have 2 different substituents?

Just having trouble on why these two have such different decomposition rates, I would like to think its because NO2 is electron withdrawing but I cannot see why this would change the rate...some ...
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Could any constituent of normal human urine produce a false positive in a Kastle-Meyer test for presence of blood?

From my understanding, one forensic test for the presence of traces of blood at a crime scene is (or was) the Kastle-Meyer test. Doing some research, I understand that in the test, hemoglobin reacts ...
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Why don't free radicals undergo rearrangement like carbocation/carbonium ions do?

Why don't free radicals and carbanions undergo rearrangement like carbocation/carbonium ions undergo in a reaction?
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Bromine Homolysis Using Handheld UV Lamp

I'm trying to investigate the homolysis of bromine for an IB Chemistry (high school) Internal Assessment. To do so, I need a UV lamp capable of splitting diatomic bromine into bromine radicals. Would ...
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Radical Bromination of a 1-isopropyl-4-methylcyclohexane

I'm considering a problem whereby 1-isopropyl-4-methylcyclohexane with the indicated stereochemistry shown undergoes radical bromination at the indicated position. I understand there are other ...
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Terminology for “proton stripping”?

This is going to probably be an easy question for an organic chemist, but I am looking for the proper terminology to describe the following reaction mechanism. In particular, what is a more precise ...
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Do free radicals re-arrange? [duplicate]

For example reaction of but-1-ene in the presence of $\ce{Br2}$ and light should give 1-bromobut-2-ene which is thermodynamically more stable than 3-bromobut-1-ene on the basis of number of alpha ...
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Why won't ethene and ethyne react with halogens?

With alkanes, a free-radical halogenation (substitution) is observed. I was told that there will be no reaction in a similar situation with ethene and ethyne — and I am having trouble understanding ...
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Which singlet dihalocarbene has the strongest carbon-halogen bond?

There are three singlet carbenes - difluorocarbene, dichlorocarbene and dibromocarbene. Which has the strongest carbon halogen bond? Obviously backbonding is a point to be considered, as carbene is ...
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What is the state of the oxygen free radical in the following reaction?

$$\ce{O2(g) ->[h\nu][\nu\,<\,240~nm]2O^{.}(?)}$$ Oxygen is split by UV light below 240 nm to form oxygen radicals, which then go on to react with oxygen molecules to form ozone. Firstly, is ...
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Geometries of methyl and silyl radicals

The $\ce{.CH3}$ radical is planar but the $\ce{.SiH3}$ radical is a trigonal pyramid. Why are they different? After all, $\ce{C}$ and $\ce{Si}$ are in the same group.
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What is the geometry of an alkyl radical?

I encountered this question which asks how many possible radicals are formed when $\ce{CH3CH2C(CH3)3}$ is monosubstituted by $\ce{Br2}$. The answer given is 3 while I think it should be 4, reasoning ...
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Radical Computational Calculations [closed]

I am trying to calculate the total energies for a particular organic molecule that undergoes radical decomposition. I was able to calculate the neutral molecule with the exact results of a paper I ...
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Formation of radicals from C-H and C-C bonds

Why do radical mechanisms favor the homolytic dissociation of a $\ce{C-H}$ bond over a $\ce{C-C}$ bond? The $\ce{C-H}$ bond is stronger in magnitude (and it's also slightly polarized), so why would ...
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What is the major product on chlorination of 2-methylbutane?

I came across a question asking for the major product on chlorination of 2-methylbutane. The answer in the back of the book says it will be 2-chloro-3-methylbutane. However, I thought the major ...
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Comparing the stabilities of allylic, benzylic, and tertiary radicals

Which is the most stable free radical among the given species? (1) $\ce{CH2=CH-CH2^.}$ (allyl radical) (2) $\ce{C6H5-CH2^.}$ (benzyl radical) (3) $\ce{(H3C)3C^.}$ (t-butyl radical) (4) $\ce{...