Allylic rearrangement

What is allylic rearrangement?

An allylic rearrangement refers to the movement of a C=C double bond in a three-carbon (allylic) system when exposed to nucleophiles under SN1 conditions. Alternatively, this rearrangement can also occur under SN2 conditions when nucleophilic attack takes place at the γ-carbon.

Allylic rearrangement - reaction scheme
Allylic rearrangement


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