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Why is SN1 reacn carried out in polar protic solvent?

Why is SN1 reacn carried out in polar protic solvent?

Grade:12

1 Answers

ashish kumar
17 Points
12 years ago

 

Dear Sumit,

a polar protic solvent favours SN1 because polar solvents stabilise the ionic intermedite in general and protic solvents solvate the leaving group.. thus the rate of formation of carbocation  increases which is the rate determinig step of the SN1 reaction.

Thank you

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