Elimination – E1

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E1 describes an elimination reaction in which the rate-determining step is unimolecular and does not involve the base. The leaving group leaves in this step, and a proton is removed in a second step. This is an example of an E1 reaction which shows the formation of an alkene.

J. F. Bunnett, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. English, 1962, 1, 225–235.


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