Analysis of Carbene Intermediates from Thiophene Ylides

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McJunkin, Malyn
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Pharr, Caroline
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2023-04-28
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Analysis of Carbene Intermediates from Thiophene Ylides
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Carbenes are a compound of interest in the chemistry community that can be found in abundance in interstellar space. Carbenes are neutral compounds consisting of a carbon atom with a lone electron pair and two bonds. The lone electron pair and lack of a full octet on carbon make the carbene an extremely reactive compound. Carbene intermediates readily create carbon-carbon bonds, making them useful in the synthesis of a host of important organic products including pharmaceuticals, plastics, and polymers, among others. This research focuses on the synthesis of sulfonium ylides as precursors to carbene intermediates. These precursor molecules will allow for the study of carbenes by varying the structure and electronic properties of these widely useful intermediates.
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