Aims/Description: Traditionally, free radicals were considered to be a highly reactive species; difficult to control, and with poor selectivity. However, many radical reactions take place with a high degree of control. This module will explain the structure, stability and reactivity of radicals, which are key to many chemical processes. It will cover radical reactions in organic synthesis, such as radical additions and cyclisations. Students will also learn about radicals in a polymer chemistry context, including controlled radical polymerisation processes such as atom transfer radical polymerisation and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerisation.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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