triphenylmethyl radical


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triphenylmethyl radical

[trī¦fen·əl¦meth·əl ′rad·ə·kəl]
(organic chemistry)
A free radical in which three phenyl rings are bonded to a single carbon. Also known as trityl radical.
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The first was the discovery of the triphenylmethyl radical by Moses Gomberg at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, an event that marked the beginning of the modern age of free radical chemistry.
Instead, Gomberg found something much more important, namely a reactive species that combined with oxygen, to which he assigned the triphenylmethyl radical structure 1, while the product from the reaction with oxygen was assigned as the peroxide 2 (eq 1).