Friedel-Crafts Acylation

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Reactants
ethanoyl chloride + AlCl3 + benzene
ethanoyl chloride + AlCl3 + benzene

Mechanism
ethanoyl chloride + AlCl3 <--> products

reactants <--> products

reactants <--> products
This is a resonance relationship.

reactants --> products
This product can have sevaral resonance forms.

reactants --> AlCl3 + HCl + products

reactants <--> products

reactants --> 3HCl + Al(OH)3 + products

Electron movement arrows are red; bonds and atoms that are affected are blue. The colors have no impact on the structures or mechanisms; they are just there for clarity.


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