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Mechanism of Carbon-Halogen Bond Reductive Cleavage in Activated Alkyl Halide Initiators Relevant to Living Radical Polymerization: Theoretical and Experimental Study

Isse, Abdirisak A; Gennaro, Armando; Lin, Ching-Yeh; Hodgson, Jennifer; Coote, Michelle; Guliashvili, Tamaz


The mechanism of reductive cleavage of model alkyl halides (methyl 2-bromoisobutyrate, methyl 2-bromopropionate, and 1-bromo-1-chloroethane), used as initiators in living radical polymerization (LRP), has been investigated in acetonitrile using both experimental and computational methods. Both theoretical and experimental investigations have revealed that dissociative electron transfer to these alkyl halides proceeds exclusively via a concerted rather than stepwise manner. The reductive...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/ja110538b


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