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what is the difference??
« on: January 06, 2003, 10:37:00 AM »
i used tfse and couldn't find anything what is the difference between pet ether and di ethel ether?
the patent i'm looking at for the acid base treaction doesnt state which one to use do voth have the same properties?


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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2003, 11:20:00 AM »
They are not the same thing.

Diethyl ether: CH3CH2-O-CH2CH3

Petroleum ether: CH3CH2CH2CH2CH2CH3 (and isomers/analogs)

They are both non-polar solvents, so they are both immiscible with water, but diethyl ether is somewhat more polar than pet ether, so most compounds usually has a better solubility in the former.