Are E1 elimination reactions possible from a trans dihalide alkane (like 1,2-dibromoethane) all the way to the alkyne (like acetylene)? Or is only E2 possible from the alkene to alkyne? What is the rate of reaction?
My thoughts are that E1 is a possible reaction to form the alkyne, with E2 taking place if there are any anti peri-planar hydrogens and a strong base. So, another question might be that which of these has the faster rate of reaction - an E1 reaction or an E2 reaction with anti periplanar hydrogens that are only available through conformational energies and torsional strain?