Initiating radical reactions with non-thermal plasmas

Yury Gorbanev, Dirk Leifert, Armido Studer, Deborah O'Connell, Victor Chechik

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Non-thermal plasmas were used as radical initiators in three radical chain reactions: dehalogenation, 5-exo-trig cyclisation and trifluoromethylation with the Togni II reagent. The use of non-volatile solvents (or solvent-free conditions) gave high yields in all reactions under optimised conditions. Short reaction times and mild conditions make this method an attractive alternative to conventional radical initiators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3685-3688
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number26
Early online date6 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2017

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