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December 16, 2010

Following one’s nose: a quadruple bond to carbon. Surely I must be joking!

Filed under: Hypervalency,Interesting chemistry — Tags: , , , , — Henry Rzepa @ 11:16 pm

Do you fancy a story going from simplicity to complexity, if not absurdity, in three easy steps? Read on! The following problem appears in one of our (past) examination questions in introductory organic chemistry. From relatively mundane beginnings, one can rapidly find oneself in very unexpected territory.

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