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Unimolecular Elimination: E1 7-6 An alternative reaction of nucleophiles towards haloalkanes is the abstraction of a proton and loss of halide, rather.

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1 Unimolecular Elimination: E1 7-6 An alternative reaction of nucleophiles towards haloalkanes is the abstraction of a proton and loss of halide, rather than the addition of the nucleophile. The abstraction of a proton leads to the formation of a double bond. This process is called elimination.

2 When 2-bromo-2-methyl propane is dissolved in methanol, a solvolysis reaction occurs (S N 1). However, a second minor reaction (20%) also occurs forming an alkene. Kinetic analysis shows that the rate of alkene formation depends only upon the starting haloalkane concentration and is thus 1 st order. This reaction is termed “E1” and has the same rate-determining step as the S N 1 reaction: the formation of a carbocation.

3 The orbital picture of the proton abstraction looks like: The complete mechanism is:

4 There are 9 possible protons which could be abstracted by the methanol molecule, however, each would lead to the same product. Other substrates may give more than one product:

5 The nature of the leaving group has no effect on the ratio of substitution to elimination. At low base concentration, addition of base only has a small effect on the product ratio, however at high concentrations of a strong base, the ratio of elimination to substitution rises greatly.


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