# is it possible to make ethanol from ethane through a chlorination / hydrolysis two-step procedure?

1. $\ce{C2H6}$ is chlorinated in presence of sunlight to form $\ce{C2H5Cl}$ and $\ce{HCl}$.
2. $\ce{C2H5Cl}$ is then reacted with water to form $\ce{C2H5OH}$ + $\ce{HCl}$
• Can someone please confirm this??? – Ava Feb 18 '16 at 5:40
• Fundamentally possible, but pretty uneconomic on both stages. – Ivan Neretin Feb 18 '16 at 5:42
• @IvanNeretin Especially the first stage. The yield there will be awful. – bon Feb 18 '16 at 11:07