Alkenes and Ethanol

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Alkenes and Ethanol


  • These are hydrocarbons (meaning they're made up of hydrogen and carbon atoms)
  • They have a double bond between two of the carbon atoms in their chain
  • They are unsaturated, meaning they can make more bonds - the double bond can open up, allowing the two carbon atoms to bond with other atoms
  • All alkenes have the formula: 



Ethene Reacting With Steam to Produce Ethanol

  • Ethene will react with steam to make ethanol
  • This reaction needs a temperature of 300oC and a pressure of 70 atmosphere
  • The catalyst used is phosphoric acid
  • This is a cheap process because ethene is fairly cheap and not…


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