Sketch the reaction coordinate vs. energy diagram of the following unimolecular reaction. Reactant A is solvated to carbocation B. Then carbocation B rearranges to carbocation C. Finally the solvent reacts with carbocation C to form product D
- the initial carbocation formation is the rate-limiting step.
- carbocations are very unstable (high energy)
- carbocations rearrange to increase stability
Problem : Predict all possible SN1 and E2 products.
Problem : A sample of this molecule is 100% "S." Predict its stereochemistry after a predominantly SN1 reaction.A SN1 reaction on an enantiomeric α-carbon creates a racemate**. Thus there will be equal amounts of "S" and "R" nucleophilic substitution product.