E2 -Elimination, Bimolecular


In the E2 reaction, the base removes a hydrogen on the carbon adjacent to the one with the leaving group at the same time that the leaving group departs. The carbon-leaving group bond is breaking at the same time as the beta carbon-hydrogen bond is breaking. Simultaneously, the carbon-carbon double bond is forming. The stereochemistry of the transition state is anti-periplanar.

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