An imine is a compound that has the following general structural formula.

R1, R2, and R3 could be hydrogen atoms, alkyl groups, aryl groups, or any combination thereof.


If, in an imine molecule, the ligand on the nitrogen atom is an alkyl or aryl group, the imine is also called a Schiff’s base.


The carbon-nitrogen double bond in an imine molecule is called the imine group.

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