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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 1, No. 1, 1973, pp.67-71
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1973-01-0067
Merostabilisation — A New Principle Governing the Stability of Organic Free Radicals

Roger W. Baldock, Paul Hudson, Alan R. Katritzky,* and Ferenc Soti

*School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Northfolk NR4 7TJ, U.K.


The concept of merostabilisation is discussed which predicts enhanced stability for those free radicals in which low energy zwitterionic canonical forms can contribute to the resonance hybrid. The principle has been used to predict the existence of several novel stable radicals which have been synthesised.