I'm planning an experiment that I'll do in silico in the near future, and one of the steps involves the extraction of the $\ce{AlCl3 · C2H5OH}$ adduct without any water in it.

Can the ethanol be simply boiled off to obtain anhydrous aluminum chloride, or does it end up as, say, a mixture of ethyl chloride and aluminum hydroxide or something?

  • $\begingroup$ You can buy solutions of Aluminium Chloride in Ethanol so it is reasonably stable. this suggests that the EtOH can be evaporated off to give you back the AlCl3 $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Commented Nov 8, 2019 at 12:09
  • $\begingroup$ I'm just doing it in silico, partly since I'm not an adult yet (an 18 year old is still a minor where I live) and therefore might not be able to buy official reagents, and partly since I don't have physical equipment. 😀 $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 8, 2019 at 12:14


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