Organic Chem Hydride H-?

Can hydride anions H- migrate during a carbocation rearrangement While protons H+ cannot? 

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  • 1 month ago

    That's correct. Because the carbocation is positively charged, the hydride ions (negatively charged and having 2 electrons) is what can shift. The positively-charged proton will not attack a positively-charged carbocation.

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