Which of the compounds will react faster


Which of the compounds will react faster in SN1 reaction with the –OH ion?

CH3— CH2— Cl or C6H5— CH2— Cl


C6H5— CH2— Cl will react faster in an SN1 reaction with the OH- ion. This happens due to the stability of the carbocation in the compound. C6H5 group is already

stable due to resonance, and the CH2 attached will gain that stability, thus forming a stable C6H5CH2+ carbocation after the cleavage in the first step of the SN1


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