Esterification Reactions

As the name suggests, this is a type of reaction to make ESTERS.
You need an alcohol and a carboxylic acid to make an ester.
Esters are noted for their nice smells, as found in fruit, etc. So if you are making an ester in an experiment, you will know you are successful when you get a nice smell!


water is removed

Reaction Condition
• concentrated H2SO4

Diagram 1

The above reaction in condensed structural formula :

The above reaction in molecular formula :

Notice the number of Carbon atoms and Hydrogen atoms on either side of the equation.

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