Chemical Sciences: A Manual for CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for Lectureship and JRF/Named Reactions/Barton Reaction
The Barton Reaction involves the photolysis of a nitrite to form a δ-nitroso alcohol. It is named for the British chemist Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton. The mechanism is believed to involve a homolytic RO–NO cleavage, followed by δ-hydrogen abstraction and free radical recombination.
A related reaction is the Hofmann-Löffor-Freytage reaction involving haloamines.