By heating alkyl halide with sod. or pot. alkoxides (Williamson synthesis) diethyl ether is formed. This is the most important industrial and laboratory method and may be used for preparing simple as well as mixed ethers.
For example :
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Williamsons synthesis is an example of :
(a) Write any three methods of preparations of alkyl halides
(b) Write the following reactions
i) Williamsons synthesis of ethers ii) Reimer-Tiemann reaction
Gabriel synthesis is used for preparing :
Ethers can be prepared by Williamson synthesis in which an alkyl halide is reacted with sodium alkoxide. Di-tert -butyl ether can't be prepared by this method.Explain.