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Is this reaction possible: $\ce{C6H8O7 + 12 H3O -> C6H6 + 19 H2O}$? Considering that the $\ce{H+}$ can be induced by ionization of the citric acid solution the benzene can be produced in this way?

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Here's a drawing of citric acid and benzene. You would have to spend a lot of energy in order to break a large number of bonds (carbon-carbon bonds, carbon-oxygen bonds and carbon-hydrogen bonds) to rearrange citric acid into benzene. This would be unlikely to occur in a natural process and would require many steps in the laboratory.

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No.

Since citric acid is a 5 carbon carbon chain, you would need to break a C-C bond and reattach the carbon on the end of the chain. This does not happen in acidic media.

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