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Homework Help: Predict the compound

  1. Jun 30, 2007 #1
    when n-butyl,t-butyl ether was made to satnd with conc. sulphuric acid then a heavy hydrocarbon was formed after a long time what can it be and why?
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  3. Jul 2, 2007 #2
    someone please...
  4. Jul 2, 2007 #3
    What do you think the compound is?
  5. Jul 2, 2007 #4
    well the answer is polyisobutylene but how
  6. Jul 2, 2007 #5


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    Start by using the proton available from the sulfuric acid. Add it to one of the atoms of the n-butyl, t-butyl ether. From that intermediate you must deduce what happens next.

    Hint: The acid is catalytic in this reaction and polyisobutylene comes from the polymerization of isobutene. Polyisobutylene is not the only product formed from this reaction.
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