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How do I make benzene from dichlorobenzene


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I'd not even try to do that conversion. There are other materials from which you could make benzene much more easily.

Also, messing about with dichlorobenzene and hot catalysts is a potential recipe for making PCBs

On a related note, something like this


might give a clue.


The material is solid because of two factors, the aligned dipoles of the C Cl bonds and the van der Waals forces.

The former must be significant, because the other two isomers are liquids.

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It might be because of its high mass too.

If you didn't heat it or have it under pressure, it should be fairly straight forward to avoid reducing the phenyl ring.

I was thinking of using BaSO4 as an inhibator. Edited by rktpro
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