Superoxide Chemistry in Non-Aqueous Media

  • Aryeh A. Frimer
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 49)


The focal role played by molecular oxygen and oxygen species in living systems seems to have been realized almost from the very discovery of oxygen more than two centuries ago.1 The continuing interest in oxygen stems from the complicated role it plays not only in the “breath of life” but also more interestingly in oxygen toxicity — what might poetically be called the “breath of death.” One of the active oxygen species implicated in this detrimental process is the ubiquitous one-electron reduction product of molecular oxygen, superoxide anion radical2–4, O2.


Superoxide Anion Radical Aprotic Solvent Hydrogen Atom Abstraction Aprotic Medium Hydroperoxy Radical 
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  • Aryeh A. Frimer
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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