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Why is sulphuric acid used in molisch test?

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January 08, 2009 4:19AM

sulphuric acid acts as a dehydrating agent.all carbohydrates are dehydrated to give dehydration products. For example, pentoses give furfural as dehydration product where as hexoses give 5-hydroxy furfural.. these are attacked by 1-napthol to give a purple coloured condensation product...