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Radical Additions and Substitutions with Alkenes

ChemieOrganische ChemieRadikalchemie

This learning unit describes the radical addition and radical substitution with alkenes. The mechanisms, thermodynamics, kinetics as well as the different reactivity and selectivity of several reagents and the special characterisitcs of benzylic and allylic positions are explained.


  • Dr. Uwe Höfker
  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Fels


  • Dr. Carsten Biele

Learning objective

  • Mechanism of radical additions to alkenes.
  • Special characteristics of benzylic and allylic positions.

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

halogenation, chain reaction, radical, addition, substitution