Efficiency of bulky protic solvent for SN2 reaction.


We calculate and compare the effects of aprotic vs protic solvent on the rate of SN2 reaction [F- + C3H7OMs--> C3H7F + OMs-]. We find that aprotic solvent acetonitrile is more efficient than a small protic solvent such as methanol. Bulky protic solvent (tert-butyl alcohol) is predicted to be quite efficient, giving the rate constant that is similar to that… (More)