AnsweredAssumed Answered

Phenoxy vs. benzylic radical

Question asked by Jeremy Wessel on Jul 28, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 19, 2015 by Edgar Mendez Triff

The class I teach has recently covered oxidation of lipids and I've not found a satisfactory answer to this question.  BHT and vitamin E are radical scavengers because the phenolic hydrogen can be abstracted to form a stabilized radical. Why is the phenolic radical more stable than the benzylic radical that could also be formed?