Benny Bogoslavsky, Ophir Levy, Anna Kotlyar, Miri Salem, Dr. Faina Gelman and Prof. Dr. Avi Bino Do Carbyne Radicals Really Exist in Aqueous Solution? Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51
They do exist! Free carbyne radicals can be prepared at room temperature in an aqueous solution by the decomposition of mono- or trinuclear metal (M) complexes containing alkylidyne ligands (see scheme; red C, blue M, green H). The generated radicals then react to form a variety of organic compounds by chain-lengthening reactions in solution. They also exhibit hydrogen, oxygen, or carbon abstraction from solvent, reactant, or product molecules.
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