The dehydration of 3,3-dimethyl-2-butanol yields three different products. Write equations to show how carbocation rearrangements explain two of the products.
Acid catalyzed dehydration of alcohols pass through a carbocation intermediate. This intermediate can rearrange itself to attain greater thermodynamic stability. Such rearrangements can lead to unexpected alkenes as products.
Answer and Explanation:
Consider the case of dehydration of 3,3-dimethyl-2-butanol which yields three different products. This is shown below:-
The carbocation (I) is...
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