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Alcohol dehydration

Overview:

The general form of alcohol dehydrations is as follows:


The first step involves the protonation of the alcohol by an acid, followed by loss of water to give a carbocation.

Elimination occurs when the acid conjugate base plucks off a hydrogen. Alcohol dehydrations generally go by the E1 mechanism.

Example of alcohol dehydration:

 


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