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Homework Help: 3C2H2 + Cu2Cl2 and more

  1. Jun 12, 2007 #1
    1)I cant find what will happen if 3C2H2 reacts with Cu2Cl2 . C6H6 cant be , or does it ?
    2) after several reactions i got unknown compound which reacts with 2NaNH2(in the ether ) and product is C6H4 . How it can be C6H4 ? Does anybody know what unknown compound can be ?
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  3. Jun 20, 2007 #2
    If I am doing this right, 3C2H2 in Cu2Cl2 will give you one molecule of unreacted C2H2 and vinyl ethyne, or CH2-CH-CCH, which if you add up all the carbons and hydrogens, you get 6C and 6H.

    As to the second question, I don't think C6H4 exists, but it is listed as a hypothetical byproduct in some benzene-related reactions. Imagine a six-carbon chain where all of the carbons are double bonded and the end carbons each have two hydrogens, and you have C6H4. I think it would be called 1,2,3,4,5-pentahexene or something like that. However, I don't think you could get that from a reaction with Na-NH2 or any other strong base (NaOH, NaH, etc.).
  4. Jun 21, 2007 #3


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    Benzyne is a derivative of benzene or a substituted benzene. Some of these derivatives of benzene can be driven to produce benzyne by the action of a strong base such as sodium amide. It is not a six-carbon chain at all but rather a six-carbon ring. You must figure out why TWO molecules of sodium amide are required to produce the benzyne.

    I'll give you a hint: if chlorobenzene were reacted with ONE molecule of sodium amide, benzyne (C6H4) could be produced (base-assisted dehydrohalogenation).
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