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Dehydration of Alcohols

  1. Nov 2, 2006 #1
    I have a question about the general dehydration experiment.

    Why is the alkene that was distilled from the dehydration reaction washed with a base solution?

    Is this to neutralize the remaining traces of acid?

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 2, 2006 #2
    i think since the only way to convert an alcohol to an alkene would be using an acid catalyst, then washing the resultant alkene with a base would neutralize this acid, so yes,you are correct
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