The work described in this thesis is an investigation into the reactivity and possible
synthetic applications of oxiranylcarbinyl radicals. These radicals rapidly rearrange via β-cleavage,
which can proceed by breakage of either the C-O or the C-C bond. Cleavage of
the latter only occurs when the molecule has a vinyl or phenyl stabilising group attached to
the epoxide ring. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.