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 is antimony oxide used as a flame retardant?

What is the mechanism of action of antimony oxide as a flame retardant? Is this to do with radical absorption?
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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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What is the rate-determining step in free radical halogenation?

Recently, we were learning about free radical halogenation in school. A set of notes given to us wrote that the rate-determining step is the propagation step. This seems to go against my understanding ...
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Is propanone responsible for photochemical smog?

Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) are responsible for photochemical smog. Propanone is a VOC. It's produced in a great amount for industrial purposes. So, propanone can be a potential contributor ...
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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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After neutralizing a free radical, why don't anti-oxidants become free radicals themselves?

This is my understanding: A free radical is a molecule with a single unpaired electron. This molecule is highly reactive because it wants to steal an electron from another molecule (oxidation). Anti-...
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What, if any, are the differences between radical scavenging and radical quenching?

Hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS), introduced in the 1970s, function mainly as free radical scavengers, although they also may act as quenchers or peroxide decomposers. (Polypropylene: The ...
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Does presence of alkyl groups on alpha carbon increase yield of alkane in Kolbe's Decarboxylation?

We know that, during the synthesis of alkanes by Kolbe's Decarboxylation reaction, the reaction proceeds via a free radical $\ce{R.}$ at the anode. So, an alkyl group, say methyl, when substituted at ...
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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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What is “dot” sign in •NO?

What is "dot" sign in •NO? I know that it is radical nitric oxide, but I don't know if it is necessary to put the "dot". Is there any difference between •NO and NO?
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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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Radicals vs atoms having unpaired electrons [closed]

In organic chemistry course, I read that a radical is an atom, molecule or ion which have unpaired valence electrons. So does there any difference between chlorine atom or cholrine radical? Also ...
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Oxidation to allylic alcohols without stoichiometric metal reagents

Common methods of oxidation of alkenes to allylic alcohols in one step usually use stoichiometric metal oxidants, e.g., sodium dichromate. Without using this type of reagent, are the other methods ...
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Regioselectivity in Kharasch addition of bromotrichloromethane

When hex-1-ene is treated with bromotrichloromethane in the presence of a peroxide initiator (e.g. dibenzoyl peroxide), what is the regioselectivity of the addition? I know that the radical addition ...
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If a bond dissociation energy is listed, does it refer to homolytic or heterolytic fission?

I am perfectly sure than heterolytic fission of a bond needs more energy than homolytic ones, since it requires opposite charge separation. When the bond dissociation energy is listed, which one are ...
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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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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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What does a radical mean here?

I'm really confused as none of the definitions of radical on the internet compare to this. This is from my college textbook of Applied Chemistry- Radicals Every inorganic compound is made up ...
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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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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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What are the possible products in allylic bromination of 3-methylcyclopentene?

Bromination of an alkene by N-bromosuccinimide (NBS) in the presence of light or peroxide is a radical reaction and produces an allylic bromide. For the following bromination of 3-methylcyclopentene, ...
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Electrophilic addition on cyclopropane using sunlight

I encountered a weird question in an exam. The statement says that instead of radical substitution, cyclopropane undergoes electrophilic addition reaction in sunlight. I know that all saturated ...
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How can I interpret the CH4+ structure?

I am trying to teach myself about Electron Ionization, and am very confused about the formation of the CH4+ Ion. Do the dotted lines between the C and the H, and between the two Hydrogens indicate a ...
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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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Deriving rate law from a reaction mechanism for a chain reaction using steady-state approximation

I am trying to derive the overall rate equation for the photocatalysed halogenation (chlorination) of an alkane that proceed via this 4 step chain reaction: $\ce{Cl2->2Cl^. \quad(1) initiation}$ $\...
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What is the largest one step radical cyclization ever achieved?

When I was an undergrad, roughly around 2005, I took a grad level class that covered various topics in advanced organic synthesis. I don't remember much clearly from the class, but one thing that I ...
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Is it possible to arrest the post-actinic effects of photodegradation in ABS polymers?

Polymers like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) are adversely effected by UV exposure, both visually (by yellowing) and with regard to other material properties [1]. What's worse is that the ...
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Why are “diene” structures in the C-ring of anthocyanins singled out for their singlet-oxygen quenching ability?

Anthocyanins are a class of water-soluble vacuolar pigments. They are sensitive to pH, and can undergo a series of structural changes according to a pH-dependent equilibrium as illustrated in Figure 1....
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Mechanism for the addition of chlorine to benzene to form hexachlorocyclohexane

I am familiar with electrophilic substitutions of benzene, with chlorine using a halogen carrier catalyst such as $\ce{AlCl3}$, to produce chlorobenzene, and I am aware of the mechanism. But, ...
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Mechanism of photochemical hydroamination with LDA

I've recently come across a couple examples of intramolecular alkene hydroamination accomplished by treatment with LDA followed by visible light irradiation (tungsten light bulb):[1,2] I'd assume ...
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How long can solid DPPH powder last for in terms of shelf-life before its free-radical status is quenched by the atmosphere?

I am writing in my research on the free-radical scavenging activity of various flavylium compounds. I may need to have DPPH shipped as a result of a lack of supply; I am just wondering what sort of ...
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Different behavior of bromine radical with alkenes

Let's assume we have propene and it's undergoing two different reactions: a Kharasch reaction and allylic substitution reaction. In both reaction bromine radicals are formed, and the attacking ...
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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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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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What is the difference between a radical and a neutral alone atom?

I've done a bit of googling but can't find a clear answer to this question. Is there any difference to e.g. an alone neutral chlorine atom and a chlorine radical?
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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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Bromination with NBS on cyclic structures

I found this question and the answer as shown in my book. I didn't understand why the bromine particularly entered the position shown in the answer. First of all, if a free radical was generated ...
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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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What is the functional difference between a radical anion and a nucleophile?

Radical Anions are hundreds if not thousands of times more reactive than nucleophiles (right?). A radical anion is just a molecule with an unpaired electron. Where as a normal radical is missing an ...
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Electronic strucure of cyclopropene radical cation

Suppose I have a cyclopropene molecule with a + charge on the singly bonded carbon.I think the singly bonded carbon is $\mathrm{sp^2}$ hybridised, isn't it? To obtain this species from cyclopropene, ...
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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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Redox properties of methyl radical

The methyl radical, $\ce{.CH3}$, is a strong oxidant and a strong reductant according to Wikipedia. Why is this so? Any additional reasons to the ones below? I know that an oxidant itself is ...
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How to know about radical character of a diradical molecule?

I understand that the radical character is quantified by the occupation number of the lowest unoccupied natural orbital obtained from UHF calculations or from CASSCF calculations. My issue is that I ...
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Confusing stability order of free radical structures

I have a question regarding the solution that has been given. Question: In the given compound, what would be the order of ease with which hydrogen atom can be abstracted from carbon atoms I to VI?: ...
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What has stronger antioxidant potential: BHT or BHA?

Butyl Hydroxy Toluene (BHT) has two tert-butyl groups that can stabilize a free radical. Butyl Hydroxy Anisol (BHA) doesn't, though it has the 4-substituted methoxy group (I'm not sure what that does)....
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Why does the heat of formation of organic radicals and positive ions decrease with their size and degree of branching at the radical or ionic site?

I am currently studying the textbook Mass Spectrometry, third edition, by Jürgen H. Gross. Chapter 2.4.3 Bond Dissociation Energies and Heats of Formation says the following: The heat of formation ...
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Radicals in Gaussian [closed]

I want to do a PES scan of a radical structure in Gaussian. However, I'm not completely sure how to prepare an input file. I've figured out that charge and multiplicity are 0 and 2. What I don't know ...
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What is the name of the glyoxal radical after removing two hydrogen atoms?

What is the name of the radical that results from removing two hydrogen atoms from glyoxal ($\ce{CHO-CHO}$)? It has a roughly this structure: $$\ce{O=C^.-C^.=O}$$ It is an important intermediate in ...
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Benzophenone Ketyl color origin

I was recently preparing the benzophenone ketyl radical by reacting it with sodium in toluene. Although this compound is really well known and it seems somewhat obvious and accepted in literature that ...