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Alkoxymercuration-Demercuration of Alkenes
(review of Chapter 14)

alkene alkoxymercuration-demercuration to give an alcohol
Reaction type:  Electrophilic Addition


a mercurinium ion

Are rearrangements a problem with this process ? ANSWER
Why does the alcohol attack the more highly substituted carbon ? ANSWER

Related reactions
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