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    why cant we use hcl to convert ethane into chloroethane instead of cl2???? it eliminates h2 instead of hcl...
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    Alkanes are quite unreactive - they have strong bonds which are really rather non-polar.

    They don't undergo nucleophilic or electrophilic attack. You need yourself some radicals...
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    Alkanes are quite unreactive - they have strong bonds which are really rather non-polar.

    They don't undergo nucleophilic or electrophilic attack. You need yourself some radicals...
    thanks!
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    The pKa of an alkane is around 50, you're never going to remove any of those protons unless you've got an extremely strong base. A free radical however would be reactive enough to complete this transformation.
 
 
 
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