What radicals are most stable?

1 Answer
Jun 1, 2018

Radicals are most stabilized by two things:

  1. Hyperconjugation, or

  2. Resonance

The former delocalizes electron density from adjacent #C-H# bonds, and the latter delocalizes the radical electron around a molecule.

I'll refer you to another one of my answers to explain the first concept, because students find it hard to understand, generally.