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Aminyl diradicals with sterically-hindered tert-butyl groups have yet to be fully investigated for their increased stability due to their difficulty in synthesis. The first chapter of this thesis details design and synthesis towards sterically-hindered aminyl radical and diradical precursors.
Structural features effecting nitroxide radical stability have been well investigated except for the impact on the ring-size of stability of nitroxides towards reduction by ascorbate. Two 7-membered nitroxides derived from TEMPONE and TEMPOL have been synthesized and characterized. The alcohol nitroxide shows increased stability towards reduction by ascorbate compared to the corresponding TEMPOL, while the other nitroxide shows decreased stability compared to TEMPONE. Efforts towards nitroxide radicals with larger sized rings are also detailed.
Advisor: Andrzej Rajca