Theoretical study of the Wanzlick equilibrium

Mu Jeng Cheng, Chun Liang Lai, Ching Han Hu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2617-2621
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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