ochem2 lab 8 - Khoi Nguyen 11-5-07 Lab 8 Title: Preparation...

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Khoi Nguyen 11-5-07 Lab 8 Title: Preparation of Isoamyl Acetate Introduction In this experiment, a Fischer esterification will be performed to make isoamyl acetate from acetic acid and isoamyl alcohol. The esterification is acid-catalyzed; sulfuric acid will be used as the catalyst. The reaction is reversible, and thus, an equilibrium is reached between reactants and products. In order to increase the product yield, an excess of the isoamyl alcohol reactant will be used in order to shift the reaction to the right. After the reaction has occurred the ester product has to be isolated from the acid catalyst, water, and any unreacted reactants. In order to isolate the ester, the reaction mixture will be washed with sodium bicarbonate, a base, to remove the acidic components from the organic layer. After the ester is isolated, the mass of the product will be determined and the boiling point of the ester will be determined. Table of Reagents
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