Problem: You’ve probably heard of superacids, but did you know there are also superbases? The molecule shown below is known as a polyguanide, a neutral organic superbase. When one of the atoms is protonated, that proton has a calculated pKa of approximately 31.3 in acetonitrile. Circle the atom that is most basic and provide a reasonable explanation for your logic using pictures and a minimum amount of words.

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You’ve probably heard of superacids, but did you know there are also superbases? The molecule shown below is known as a polyguanide, a neutral organic superbase. When one of the atoms is protonated, that proton has a calculated pKa of approximately 31.3 in acetonitrile. Circle the atom that is most basic and provide a reasonable explanation for your logic using pictures and a minimum amount of words.

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