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Making AlCl3

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  1. Feb 13, 2015 #1
    How can I use aluminum with hydrochloric acid to provide aluminum chloride?
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2015 #2
    Hydrochloric acid and aluminum will give aluminum chloride hexahydrate. To make aluminum chloride you need to turn hydrochloric acid into hydrogen chloride first. Concentrated sulfuric acid might be helpful.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2015 #3

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    It is not clear what you want - if the anhydrous chloride, DrStupid remarks are spot on. If hydrate is OK, that makes things easier, but still difficult, as the dissolution of aluminum in acids is very slow, aluminum oxide is quite resistant (it dissolves much easier in alkalis).
     
  5. Feb 16, 2015 #4
    yes, I want to produce hydrated aluminum chloride, and just by slice of wastage aluminum and HCl(37%)
    can I scrape aluminum surface to speed up the reaction?
     
  6. Feb 16, 2015 #5

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    You can try, but I am not convinced it will work, oxide is created quite fast.
     
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