Theoretical aspects of radical reactions

Leo Radom, Ming Wah Wong, Addy Pross

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Three key stages were studied in the theoretical study of radical addition reactions to alkenes. The first stage assessed the many levels of ab initio molecular theory to determine what level of theory is required to obtain reliable results. A selected level of theory was applied to a variety of radical reactions in the second stage to determine the important factors in obtaining the reactivities for radical addition. The third stage involved the rationalization of the results using the Pross-Shaik curve-crossing model. The barrier from the curve-crossing model decreased with increasing exothermicity, decreased as the charge-transfer states are lowered in energy and decreased with decreasing single-triplet gap in the alkene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 ACS San Francisco Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 13 Apr 199717 Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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