Describe an activity to show the formation of an ester in the school laboratory.

Asked by Topperlearning User | 5th Feb, 2015, 02:01: PM

Expert Answer:

Aim - To show the formation of ester.

Requirements- test tube, beaker, burner, alcohol, acetic acid, conc. H2SO4


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(a) A test tube was taken in which ethanol and ethanoic acid was taken.

(b) To this, Conc. H2SOis added.

(c)The test tube is kept in a beaker containing water.

Observation: A fruity smell comes out.

Result: Ester is formed


(a) Direct heating is avoided.

(b) Only a few drop of conc. H2SOshould be added.

Answered by  | 5th Feb, 2015, 04:01: PM