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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 2 (2006) pp 64-66

Teaching Solvent Effects on SN2 Reactions by the Introduction of Ionic Liquids

Donald C. Bowman

Department of Science, Math, and Engineering, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA 24502,
Received October 6, 2005. Accepted December 16, 2005.

Published online: 23 February 2006

Abstract. Solvent effects on a typical SN2 reaction are discussed using Hughes–Ingold solvent effect rules and some Kamlet–Taft solvent parameters in the context of ionic liquids as solvent. The case is made that the discussion can and should be included during the first-year organic chemistry course because of the significance of solvent effects on reaction rate and the need to introduce students to the increasingly popular topic of environmentally friendly ionic liquids.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry

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Issue date: April 1, 2006

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