Endeavors to access molecular complexity: Strategic use of free radicals in natural product synthesis

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Free radicals, which in the past were considered unruly chemical species, have become manageable and indispensable for synthetic organic chemistry. The unique nature of free radicals has allowed practitioners in organic synthesis to design flexible approaches to produce various materials ranging from small molecules to polymers. The present Personal Account describes the author's endeavors to create molecular complexity by the strategic use of free radicals, with an emphasis on the synthesis of bioactive natural products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-279
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Record
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014



  • C-H transformations
  • boranes
  • natural products
  • radical reactions
  • total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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