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Some unusual reactivity of NHCs

on Thu, 26/11/2015 - 09:55

Graphical abstract: Even the normal is abnormal: N-heterocyclic carbene C2 binding to a phosphaalkene without breaking the P [[double bond, length as m-dash]] C π-bondChemistry sometimes throws curve balls. A strong donor like an NHC involved in the formation of a weak adduct with a phosphaalkene. What?!? Take a look at this recent collaboration with UBC colleague Prof. Derek Gates and Prof. Rainer Streubel from Bonn.