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Question about alcohol protonation

  1. Dec 17, 2014 #1
    Hey, so I saw in my book that it used H2SO4 reacted with an alcohol to protonate it ( makes sense). But sometimes it uses diluted H2SO4 in warm and other times it will be H2SO4 in heat. I was just wondering, what difference do reaction hold?

    What seems odd is that water is formed anyway in the protonation of alcohol, so why use diluted H2SO4?
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  3. Dec 18, 2014 #2


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    What is the protonated alcohol used for? Same thing each time, or different reactions? If different - is it in any way strange that different reactions require different conditions?
  4. Dec 20, 2014 #3
    Different reactions require different conditions. Sometimes conc. H2SO4 just screws up the reactants and sometimes diluted H2SO4 is just not enough or the reaction needs absence of water
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