Fleeting Molecules Extend Their Stay

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1846-1847
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062316

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Carbenes are molecules with a carbon atom bound to just two other atoms. These species are usually transient intermediates. In his Perspective, Wentrup charts recent progress in the synthesis of stable carbenes. He highlights the report by Solé et al., who have succeeded in synthesizing an unusually stable carbene that retains its reactivity. Such species may find future application as catalysts.