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Issue 73, 2012
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Unexpected thermal decomposition of the “Alder carbene” (iPr2N)2C

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The “Alder carbene” (iPr2N)2C undergoes a β-fragmentation in solution already at room temperature, affording propene and N,N,N′-triisopropylformamidine. This stands in sharp contrast to the indefinite stability previously claimed for this iconic compound.

Graphical abstract: Unexpected thermal decomposition of the “Alder carbene” (iPr2N)2C

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The article was received on 12 Jun 2012, accepted on 17 Jul 2012 and first published on 18 Jul 2012

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC34208A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 9123-9125
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    Unexpected thermal decomposition of the “Alder carbene” (iPr2N)2C

    T. Schulz, M. Leibold, C. Färber, M. Maurer, T. Porsch, M. C. Holthausen and U. Siemeling, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 9123
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CC34208A

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