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Preparation of acetanilide

  1. Nov 27, 2009 #1
    In the preparation of acetanilide why is it that zinc dust is used?
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  3. Nov 27, 2009 #2


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    Not having even the slightest idea about organics - zinc is used almost always because of its reducing properties. I would dig here.
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  4. Nov 27, 2009 #3


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    Acetanilide is typically synthesized from acetic anhydride and aniline.
    Zinc isn't required, but it aids acetylation. (for reasons Borek mentioned, as it's a reducing agent)
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