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Adipic Acid and Thionyl Chloride

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I'm preparing adipyl chloride from adipic acid and thionyl chloride. During the heating of the adipic acid/thionyl chloride solution, my lab partner said we could not use calcium chloride in the drying tube instead we were to use alumina. Why would this be?

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Im preparing adipoyl chloride from adipic acid and thionyl chloride. During the heating of the adipic acid/thionyl chloride solution, my lab partner said we could not use calcium chloride in the ...

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The rreaction conditions and use of a drying tube are discussed for the reaction of adipic acid and thionyl chloride.

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