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As Carbene has 1 lone pair, can we denote it by giving CH2 a negative charge? If so what will be the difference between Carbene and Carbanion?


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Carbene is simply written as CH2, no need to put negative charge. It's a neutral compound.

Difference

carbene is a molecule containing a neutral carbon atom with a valence of two and two unshared valence electrons. The general formula is R-(C:)-R' or R=C:.

The term "carbene" may also refer to the specific compound H2C:, also called methylene.carbene only has 6 valence electrons and is neutral,

Carbanion has 8 valrnce electron and is charged.
A carboanion is an organic molecular species with a negative electrical charge located on a carbon atom. In other words, it is an anion in which a carbon atom possess an unshared pair of electrons with three substituents. 


Chemistry

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