Do E1 reactions require a strong base, like E2 reactions?
No. The base is not involved in the rate determining step, so the nature of the base is unimportant in an
But, the stronger the base, the more likely an
Uncharged bases like H₂O, C₂H₅OH and (CH₃)₃COH are too weak to remove weakly acidic β H atoms.
If the strongest base in your reaction mixture is an uncharged molecule, you will get an