Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

SN2 of Cyanide with Alkyl Halides to give Nitriles

Description: Alkyl halides (or tosylates) will react with cyanide ion to give alkyl cyanides (nitriles) in an SN2 reaction. Content available for Reactionguide members only. Not a member? Get access for about 30 cents / day!

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4 thoughts on “SN2 of Cyanide with Alkyl Halides to give Nitriles

  1. Hi,

    The first example reaction is for acetal formation…not alkyl halides for nitriles. Other than that, this is fantastic! Finally understand reactions properly! :)

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