When dichloromethane is treated with strong NaOH, an intermediate is generated that reacts like a carbene. Draw the structure of this reactive intermediate, and propose a mechanism for its formation.
Solution 51SP :
A reactive intermediate is a highly reactive, high energy molecule that generates in a chemical reaction and quickly converts to more stable molecule.
A carbene is a molecule containing a neutral carbon atom with a valence of two and two unshared valence electrons. The general formula of carbene is R=C: