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

by James

Description: Alkyl halides will react with water to form alcohols through an SN1 mechanism.
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Omar Sadek

Looking forward to becoming a member. This is a great site. I wish I would have found it earlier.


Michel Carroll

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?


Mark Quercioli

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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