# What radicals are most stable?

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.