Substitution Reaction

In a substitution reaction, a functional group in a particular chemical compound is replaced by another group. In organic chemistry, the electrophilic and nucleophilic substitution reactions are of prime importance. Organic substitution reactions are classified in several main organic reaction types depending on whether the reagent that brings about the substitution is considered an electrophile or a nucleophile, whether a reactive intermediate involved in the reaction is a carbocation, a carbanion or a free radical or whether the substrate is aliphatic or aromatic. Detailed understanding of a reaction type helps to predict the product outcome in a reaction. It also is helpful for optimizing a reaction with regard to variables such as temperature and choice of solvent.

A good example of a substitution reaction is the photochemical chlorination of methane forming methyl chloride.

chlorination of methane by chlorine

Read more about Substitution ReactionNucleophilic Substitution, Electrophilic Substitution, Radical Substitution, Organometallic Substitution, Substituted Compounds

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