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Benzene can be alkylated to cyclohexylbenzene with cyclohexane, hydrogen chloride and an aluminium chloride catalyst.

HCl adds to the Cyclohexene to give cyclohexylchloride.

The aluminium chloride abstracts Cl– form the cyclohexylchloride to give the reactive carbenium ion (carbocation) which undergoes an electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction with benzene to give cyclohexylbenzene and H+. The H+ interacts with the [AlCl4]– to regenerate HCl and AlCl3.

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Benzene     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Cyclohexene     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Hydrogen chloride Catalyst    Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Aluminium chloride Catalyst    Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Cyclohexylbenzene     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming

Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
Addition: Electrophilic
British A-Level Chemistry: A2
Multistep: LA/B mechanism
Radical Substitution
Substitution: Electrophilic Second Order

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