Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Reaction of alkyl halides with water to form alcohols (SN1)

Description: Alkyl halides will react with water to form alcohols through an SN1 mechanism.
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3 thoughts on “Reaction of alkyl halides with water to form alcohols (SN1)

  1. I’ve heard it mentioned that dilute acid can be used to transform RX into ROH. In that case, would the reaction follow this same pathway (Sn1), or would it be a different mechanism?

  2. Great example!! I think you were suppose to say cleavage of C-Cl in step 1 instead of C-Br though. Regardless, X is a halide. Thank you for this awesome website. I love being a member!!

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