Unformatted text preview: : o Acid catalyzed alkene hydration is a transformation that we have covered earlier. If we use an alcohol instead of water to perform this hydration, ethers are produced in good yields. This reaction is limited to alkenes that can form stable carbocations upon protonation and primary alcohols (which are resistant to dehydration). o Oxymercuration of alkenes is another transformation that we have covered in Chapter 6. Here, we can again substitute an alcohol for water, thus obtaining ether products. • Preparation of Ethers-Acid Catalyzed Condensation of Primary Alcohols : Finally, we learned that exposure of primary alcohols to catalytic acid results in the formation of ether products through an SN2 type pathway. This method is limited to the preparation of symmetric ethers....
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