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Rearrangement of the 1,1-Diphenylethoxyl Radical Is Not Concerted but Occurs through a Bridged Intermediate

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posted on 08.06.2007, 00:00 by Manuel Smeu, Gino A. DiLabio
Recent experimental observations cast some doubt on the conclusions of earlier work that indicated that the rearrangement of 1,1-diphenylethoxyl radical occurs through a bridged intermediate. We show, by using carefully benchmarked DFT calculations, that the title rearrangement is indeed a two-step reaction.