We report the preparation, crystallization, and solid-state characterizatio
n of a spiro-biphenalenyl radical. The crystal structure shows that the rad
ical is monomeric in the solid state and without intermolecular contacts th
at fall within the van der waals atomic separation. Magnetic susceptibility
measurements show Curie behavior (1 spin per molecule) throughout the temp
erature range 10-400 K, confirming the presence of noninteracting spins in
the solid. The compound shows a room-temperature conductivity of sigma = 0.
05 S/cm, the highest yet for a neutral radical conductor. We suggest that t
he ground state of the radical corresponds to a degenerate Mott-Hubbard ins
ulator. We postulate the presence of delocalized energy bands that are resp
onsible for the transport properties but that are separated from the insula
ting ground state by an energy gap corresponding to the on-site Coulombic c
orrelation energy. Given the presence of isolated molecules in the crystal
lattice, the magnitude of the conductivity, the finding of band transport,
and the width of the conduction band (0.5 eV) are unprecedented.