# T-butyl vs. isopropyl subsitutions

## Homework Statement

T-butyl chloride can undergo substitution reaction to create C4H9OH, but isopropyl chloride cannot. Why is this?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm guessing it has to do with the extra carbon. Maybe since it is a secondary halide, the substitution takes the H off instead of the Cl?

## Homework Statement

T-butyl chloride can undergo substitution reaction to create C4H9OH, but isopropyl chloride cannot. Why is this?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm guessing it has to do with the extra carbon. Maybe since it is a secondary halide, the substitution takes the H off instead of the Cl?

Well, you can form 2-methylpropanol from IPA via things like metallation and addition of formaldehyde, but this is addition, not substitution. So the only thing that's relevant here is the number of carbons, in my opinion.

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