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Mechanism of tautomerisation in AgCN and AgNC??

  1. Dec 5, 2015 #1
    Can anyone give a detailed mechanism for the tautomerization in AgCN and AgNC and is the same possible in KCN and KNC ??
     
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  3. Dec 5, 2015 #2

    DrClaude

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    I don't know what you mean by "detailed mechanism" here, but I can't tell you that this is not a tautomerization, simply an isomerization.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2015 #3
    Dynamic equilibrium existing between two constitutional isomers is TAUTOMERIZATION( a specific type of isomerization), right, thats what is happening here, but can a mechanism be presented??
     
  5. Dec 5, 2015 #4

    DrClaude

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    Apologies, I was wrong. I thought that tautomerization only applied when H was being exchanged, but looking in the IUPAC Gold Book, it is more general than that. That said, I always heard it referred to as isomerization in the case of KCN, and even HCN with which I am more familiar.

    Apart from writing KCN##\rightleftharpoons##KNC, I don't know of anything more complicated. I always understood it as being due to the excitation of the bending mode.
     
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