Why did iodine join the ethyl part?
Nucleophilic attack on smaller alkyl group
An acid‐catalyzed cleavage that occurs when hydriodic acid (HI) mixes with ethers. This reaction proceeds via a nucleophilic substitution mechanism. Primary and secondary alkyl ethers react by an SN2 mechanism, while tertiary, benzylic, and alcylic ethers cleave by an SN1 mechanism.
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