Hydration of Ethylene

Describe the addition of water to ethylene resulting in the production of ethanol and identify the need for a catalyst in this process and the catalyst used


  • Hydration: The process of adding water molecules, or the equivalent of water molecules, to a substance.
  • Ethylene can be hydrated to produce ethanol when heated with a dilute sulfuric acid (H2SO4) catalyst:


  • The hydration of ethene is an example of an addition reaction.

Easychem - Hydration of Ethylene

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