# Substitution Reactions

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Im trying to learn some more about Organic chem, and have done several Halogenations of different alkanes.

I thought Ide try an Alcohol instead, so I bubbles Cl2 gas through ethanol to make Chloral, and then Chloral Hydrate: 2,2,2-trichloroethane-1,1-diol

it has a rather pleasant smell in small amounts, and a bit Sickly sweet in stronger concentrations.

then I decided to Hydrolise this with NaOH, the 1st part takes away the HCl in the 2,2,2-trichloroethane-1,1-diol mix, and the Excess NaOH should start to rip the Chlorines off the 1 carbon.

now I have no idea what the product IS that I have, but there is a salt layer at the bottom of a rusty colored clear liquid now?

certainly not what I expected:confused:

anyone know whats happened here?

Im guessing that Yet again Ive managed to destroy Another organic synth to leave carbon junk

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