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In the process of dehydration, does the alpha hydrogen to the alcohol also get removed? What is the basic mechanism of dehydration of alcohols

In the process of dehydration, does the alpha hydrogen to the alcohol also get removed? What is the basic mechanism of dehydration of alcohols

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Harish R
37 Points
9 years ago

Yes, alpha hydrogen is removed. First the -OH group is attacked by H+ and is removed as water. Then a carbo cation is formed. Then the alpha C-H bond is broken and a double bond is formed simultaneously.

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