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Aluminium chloride is a halophilic Lewis acid with a very strong affinity for chloride ion to make the stable [AlCl4] ion.

Aluminium chloride will abstract a chloride ion from acetyl chloride (ethanoyl chloride) to give the electrophilic acetyl cation.

The chloride ion transfers from carbonyl function to aluminium(III).

CH3COCl
  +  
AlCl3
         
[CH3CO]+
  +  
[AlCl4]
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Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
British A-Level Chemistry: A2
Type 15 Lewis Acid/Base Complexation Chemistry

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