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Chem 243a - Fischer Esterification

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7A: Fischer Esterification Antonio Alarcon Chem 243a 10/21/07 I. Abstract
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II. Introduction In this lab, carboxylic esters were synthesized by the means of reacting corresponding carboxylic acids with alcohol. This is widley known as Fischer esterification in which two main processes (reflux and distillation) are employed. The reaction of a carboxylic acid with an alcohol is an equilibrium, and therefore governed by the equilibrium constant (Padias, 56).
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Unformatted text preview: Although this seems like a fairly straght forward process, it involves several steps: Throughout these steps, the carboxylic acid is hydrogenated then converted to an ester by the removal of H 2 O and addition of an alcohol. Of the techniques presented in this lab, both were of utmost importance. IV. Discussion V. Conclusion 1. 2. 3. T 4. N 5. I 6. 7. 8. T 9. B 10. A...
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