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Offline Chem4u

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Can Alcohol or Alkenes react with Benzene to form Alkyl benzene?
And How ?


 

Offline SorryDnoodle

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Just top of my head: Would't an alcohol(Ethanol) just add a phenyl group to the ring displacing an hydrogen under sulfuric acid?

I'll do some research about it and maybe I will find an answer.
 

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No, unfortunately you can't add alkyl chains to benzene just by adding alcohols or alkenes, even with heating and adding strong acid. Benzene is actually quite inert. Some interesting chemistry can happen with transition metal based catalysts and slightly more activated substrates, though. If you start with bromobenzene, various palladium or nickel catalysts will allow reactions with alkenes or alkyl halides and give some alkylated or alkenylated benzene derivatives.

What is it you are hoping to make?
 

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