Problem: Shown on the left is a cationic intermediate for the electrophilic addition of chlorine to the para position of phenol. Draw the resonance structure that is the major contributor. Include all nonbonding electrons.

FREE Expert Solution

Pi electrons move to the C-C bond of the carbocation forming a new carbocation where -OH is attached:

View Complete Written Solution
Problem Details

uploaded image


Shown on the left is a cationic intermediate for the electrophilic addition of chlorine to the para position of phenol. Draw the resonance structure that is the major contributor. Include all nonbonding electrons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Resonance Theory of EAS Directing Effects concept. If you need more Resonance Theory of EAS Directing Effects practice, you can also practice Resonance Theory of EAS Directing Effects practice problems.