Polymers Solutions: #8

8.* (1994 F 11H) A method of choice for making iso-octane from isobutylene and isobutane is to react the latter in the presence of an acidic catalyst such as concentrated sulfuric (H2SO4) or hydrofluoric (HF) acid. This catalyzed process is typically carried out at 00C - 100C. Explain how this catalyst affects the value of the equilibrium constant for this reaction.

The catalyst (as all catalysts) does NOT affect the value of the equilibrium constant; it only affects the kinetics of the process, not the thermodynamics.