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Homework Help: Ethene + Steam = Ethane and perhaps a magical unknown substance

  1. May 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Ethene + Steam produces ethanol and...

    2. Relevant equations
    CH2=CH2 + H2O ---> CH3-CH2OH or ...

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Couldn't find anything. I toyed with ethanal but that requires Potassium Dichromate. One 'source' (i.e. yahoo answers (I think)) suggests there is no other product possible.
    The question is from a booklet I have.
    Any help much sppreciated.
  2. jcsd
  3. May 18, 2010 #2
    [tex]C_2H_4 + H_2O \to C_2H_5OH[/tex] looks right via an electrophilic addition mechanism. As to whether any other major products forms is doubtful.
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  4. May 19, 2010 #3
    Thats ethanol right? Its the only one I could think of also.
    Cool name by the way. Gabriel's horn and Torricelli's trumpet both sound like euphemisms.
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