One-Electron Redox Reactions Between Radicals and Molecules. Dominance of Inner-Sphere Mechanisms

  • S. Steenken
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 260)


In aqueous solution the electron transfer between (reducing) carbon-centered radicals or (oxidizing) heteroatom-centered inorganic radicals and organic molecules often proceeds by covalent bond formation between the radical and the molecule followed by heterolysis of the so-formed bond between the carbon and the heteroatom. It is the heterolysis step in which the actual electron transfer between the radical and the molecule takes place. This makes electron transfer a part of the area of (heterolytic) solvolysis reactions. Structure-activity relations for heterolysis of the radical-molecule adducts and thus the electron transfer between the adduct components can be rationalized in terms of the classical solvolysis concepts.


Electron Transfer Leaving Group Electron Transfer Mechanism Good Leaving Group Solvent Reorganization Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Steenken
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für StrahlenchemieMülheimFederal Republic of Germany

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