Atom Tunneling in Organic Transformations


  • The work was supported by the DFG-funded trans-regional collaborative research center SFB/TRR 88 “Cooperative effects in homo- and heterometallic complexes (3MET)”. Corinna Nimphius is acknowledged for discussions.


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There and gone: Atoms, such as hydrogen or deuterium, commonly disappear and reappear at different locations in molecular structures. For example, carboxylic acids and hydroxycarbenes isomerize through atom tunneling events. It could happen in your reaction!