Ethanol is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks such as wine and beer. It's also useful as a fuel. Fo
Making ethanol from ethene and steam
Ethanol can be made by reacting ethene (from cracking crude oil fractions) with steam. A catalyst of phosphoric acid is used to ensure a fast reaction.
ethene + steam → ethanol
C2H4 + H2O → C2H5OH
Notice that ethanol is the only product. The…