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 (US)
Pages (from-to)2617-2621
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number23-24
StatePublished - Dec 10 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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