Peroxy Radicals and Singlet Oxygen (1O2) from the Addition of Superoxide Ion (O2-·) to CCl4, CF3CCl3, PhCCl3, N-BuBr and N-BuCl in Acetonitrile

  • Shigenobu Matsumoto
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Donald T. Sawyer
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 49)


The initial product from the reaction of RX(R=Cl3C, F3CCCl2, PhCCl2, PhC(O), nBu, X=Cl; R=nBu, X=Br) with O 2 - -is ROO-, which can be reduced by a second O 2 - · to form ROO- (a reactive nucleophile) or can dimerize to form ROOOOR. The latter dissociates homolytically to ROOR and O2. The longer-lived forms of tetraoxide react with (1) 1,4-cyclohexadiene-(1,4-CHD) via dehydrogenation to give PhH, ROOR, and HOOH, (2) diphenylisobenzofuran via dioxygenation to give dibenzoylben-zene and ROOR, and (3) rubrene via dioxygenation to give its endoperoxide and ROOR. Thus the reactivity of ROOOOR parallels that of singlet oxygen (1O2). Because of its diffusion-controlled dimerization, the primary product from the RX/O 2 - · reaction (CCl3COO· for CCl4/O 2 - ·) does not exhibit any reactivity with the allyl hydrogens of 1,4-CHD. Hence, at millimolar concentrations this peroxy radical (the suspected cytotoxin from the aerobic activation of CCl4) does not exist long enough to react with allylic hydrogens. The biological hazard of CCl4 may be due to the transient formation of Cl3COOOOCCl3.


Singlet Oxygen Peroxy Radical Millimolar Concentration Aerobic Activation Reactive Nucleophile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shigenobu Matsumoto
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
    • 1
  • Donald T. Sawyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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