Initial Events of Autoxidation

  • Leland L. Smith


The autoxidation of natural, products remains a very complex matter only partially understood for any given class of compounds despite much study. Several recent monographs [568,983,1024,1542,1895] address the problem to different degrees, but it is clear that the natural air oxidation of organic compounds is still in need of major attention. The present chapter deals with much that is known of the autoxidation of cholesterol but only as regards the first stable products which can be isolated and identified. Very little experimental work has been done on the initiation phase of cholesterol autoxidation, where very low levels of highly excited species undergoing very rapid reactions may be the case.


Electron Spin Resonance Spectrum Initial Event Fenton Reagent Hydrogen Atom Abstraction Autoxidation Product 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland L. Smith
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  1. 1.The University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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