Molecule of the Month
|Methyl Radical Initiated Kharasch Reaction|
The thermal decomposition of di-tert-butylhyponitrite (DTBHN), a safer alternative to the explosive diacetyl peroxide, was used to produce highly reactive methyl radicals that can efficiently initiate chain processes such as the Kharasch reaction. This mode of initiation generates byproducts that are either gaseous (N2) or volatile (acetone and methyl halide) thereby facilitating greatly product purification.
This work was carried out in the group of Prof. Philippe Renaud.