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Acc Chem Res. 2001 Sep;34(9):745-52.

The gif paradox.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


This Account summarizes research work on the structural aspects and functional features encountered in all major branches of the Gif family of hydrocarbon-oxidizing reagents. Despite assertions by the inventor of Gif chemistry, D. H. R. Barton, to the effect that nonradical pathways could better explain the behavior of Gif systems, detailed experimental investigations provide compelling evidence to support the preponderance of oxygen- and carbon-centered radical chemistry.

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