Interesting online CONFCHEM discussion going on right now on the ChemWiki and
greater STEMWiki Hyperlibary project. Come join the discussion.
Amides are neutral compounds -- in contrast to their seemingly close relatives, the amines, which are basic. The amide linkage is planar -- even though we normally show the C-N connected by a single bond, which should provide free rotation.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1246120