Water gets in the way: Hydrated I−(CH3I) complexes, I−(CH3I)(H2O)1–3, are investigated by IR photodissociation spectroscopy to examine the stable structures of the intermediates of the I−+CH3I→ICH3+I− SN2 reaction under hydrated conditions. The structures and the energetics of the complexes suggest that just one or two H2O molecules will effectively inhibit this SN2 reaction.
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