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Solvents used in reactions

  1. Apr 24, 2012 #1
    I'm having trouble to understand which type of solvents are used in specific reactions

    When do you use polar aprotic solvents, polar protic solvents etc? And what makes DMSO, DMF , ether popular solvents?
     
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  3. Apr 24, 2012 #2

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    There are entire chapters dealing with just these questions. You should be more specific.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 #3
    Well my book didnt deal with a chapter specificly for solvents.
    But okay i got some information from wikipedia - anyways main doubt: why do we use polar protic solvent forSN1 reaction and polar aprotic for SN2 reactions?
     
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  5. Apr 25, 2012 #4

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    A simple discussion regarding Sn1 solvent. http://www.organicchemistryreview.com/sn1.html [Broken]
    And for Sn2. http://web1.uct.usm.maine.edu/~newton/Chy251_253/Lectures/Sn2Solvents/Sn2SolventsFS.html [Broken]
     
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  6. Apr 25, 2012 #5
    Okay thank you but one question-polar aprotic solvents also solvate the ions right? But not as good as protic solvent
     
  7. Apr 26, 2012 #6

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