How do I know the main product of the reaction between phosphorus(V) chloride and ethanol?


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You could try googling "reaction of PCl5 with alcohols" In which case you might find this https://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/alcohols/halogen.html or this https://crab.rutgers.edu/~alroche/Ch11.pdf or even this Reaction of alcohols with PCl5 and PCl3

TL:DR The product is ethyl chloride and POCl3

  • $\begingroup$ But I was thinking, can't the product formed be chloroethane? Or what else do you think? $\endgroup$
    – Joe Mensa
    Commented Mar 11, 2018 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ Ethyl chloride and chloroethane are the same thing! $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Commented Mar 11, 2018 at 16:06

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