A theoretical study of the tetraaminoethylene-diaminocarbene dissociation reaction shows that equilibrium is more readily attained for benzimidazol-2-ylidenes and doubly bridged imidazol-2-ylidenes. For imidazolin-2-ylidenes, the 'Wanzlick equilibrium' is less likely to occur due to the high reaction barrier. We demonstrate that the equilibrium reaction can be catalyzed by an electrophile.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry