|Chapter 6 : Reactions of Alkenes : Addition Reaction|
Electrophilic Addition reactions
Electrophilic addition reactions
are an important class of reactions that allow the interconversion of C=C
into a range of important functional groups including alkyl halides and alcohols.
Conceptually, addition is the reverse of elimination (see Chapter 5) which can be used to prepare alkenes.
|What does the term "electrophilic addition"
A electrophile, E+, is an electron poor species that will react with an electron rich species (the C=C)
Depending on the relative timing of these events, slightly different mechanisms are possible:
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