A highly reactive molecule containing a divalent carbon atom, examples of which occur as intermediates in some organic reactions.
- It is only in reactions with transition metals that carbenes are stable, due to the distribution of electrons within the structure formed.
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- This reaction has become synthetically useful since the discovery of various well-defined transition metal carbene complexes which can catalyse alkene metathesis.
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