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Related Reactions
Cope Elimination
Hofmann Elimination
Hofmann's Rule

Ester Pyrolysis

Ester Pyrolysis is a syn-elimination yielding an alkene, similar to the Cope Elimination, for which -hydrogens are needed. The carboxylic acid corresponding to the ester is a byproduct.
The cyclic transition state can only be achieved if the steric environment is not too demanding. See Hofmann's Rule.