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Chemical structure of dithiocarbamates
A dithiocarbamate is a functional group in organic chemistry. It is the analog of a carbamate in which both oxygen atoms are
replaced by sulfur atoms. Sodium diethyldithiocarbamate is a common example. Dithiocarbamates and their derivatives are
widely used in the vulcanization of rubber.

 1 Formation and reactions
 2 Applications
 3 See also
 4 References
Formation and reactions[edit]
Many primary and secondary amines react with carbon disulfide and sodium hydroxide to form dithiocarbamate salts:

R2NH + CS2 + NaOH → R2NCS2
+ H2O
Ammonia reacts with CS2 similarly:
2 NH3 + CS2 → H2NCS2

Dithiocarbamate salts are pale colored solid that are soluble in water and polar
organic solvents.
Zinc dithiocarbamates are used to modify the crosslinking of
certain polyolefins with sulfur, a process called vulcanization. They are used as
ligands for chelating metals.

Dithiocarbamates specifically ethylene bisdithiocarbamates, EBDCs, in the
form of complexes with manganese (maneb), zinc (zineb) or a combination of
manganese and zinc (mancozeb), have been used extensively as fungicides in
agriculture from the 1940s.

See also[edit]
 Thiocarbamate
 Xanthate
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Hans-Wilhelm Engels et al., "Rubber, 4.
Chemicals and Additives" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of
Industrial Chemistry, 2007, Wiley-VCH,
Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a23_365.pub2
2. Jump up^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan
(1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-
Heinemann. ISBN 0080379419.
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4. Jump up^ Gullino, Maria Lodovica, et al. "Mancozeb: past,
present, and future." Plant Disease 94.9 (2010): 1076-1087.

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