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Dr. Berwyck L. J. Poad, Dr. Benjamin B. Kirk, Pramesh I. Hettiarachchi, Dr. Adam J. Trevitt, Prof. Stephen J. Blanksby and Prof. Timothy Clark Direct Detection of a Persistent Carbonyloxyl Radical in the Gas Phase Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 14 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201304316

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Long lived: Carbonyloxyl radicals (RCO2.) are reactive intermediates that play key roles in initiating polymerization reactions. This reactivity also makes their direct observation difficult. For the first time a persistent organic RCO2. radical is detected in the gas phase, its extraordinary longevity is attributed to the high barrier towards fragmentation owing to the endothermicity of the decarboxylation products.

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