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8.2 Rearrangement Reactions

Reactions (5) and (6) from Section 6.3.1 for the production of AC$^{\textrm{+}}$ and AC$^{\textrm{.}}$ from ABC $^{\textrm{+.}}$ are examples of rearrangement reactions. To form these products, several bonds must be broken and others formed; there is no way to form these products from a simple cleavage reaction. Such rearrangements can be very important in structure elucidation and may indicate subtle differences in structure. Furthermore, some functional classes may undergo characteristic rearrangements.


John S. Riley, DSB Scientific Consulting