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Nucleophilic Intermolecular Chemistry and Reactivity of Dimethylcarbene

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posted on 25.02.2015, 00:00 by Hui Cang, Robert A. Moss, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen
Experimental and computational studies find that dimethylcarbene (DMC), the parent dialkylcarbene, is both predicted to be and functions as a very reactive nucleophilic carbene in addition reactions with five simple alkenes. Activation energies and enthalpies for DMC additions to 2-ethyl-1-butene and methyl acrylate are computed and observed to be negative.