Elucidation of Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry (overall)
Investigation of the Stereochemistry
The mechanism of a reaction often leads to only a certain stereochemical course. As a result, only a small selection or even only one of the conceivable stereoisomers is formed. However, other reactions do not follow mechanisms that restrict the stereochemical variety of the products in any way.
- Therefore, important aspects of the reaction mechanism can be derived from the type and variety of stereoisomers that are formed in a reaction.
In SN2 reactions, for example, the stereochemistry of the product is restricted to a certain stereoisomer, according to the type of transition state.