what is esterification?

Asked by  | 22nd Jun, 2008, 01:10: PM

Expert Answer:

Esterification is the general name for a chemical reaction in which two reactants (typically an alcohol and an acid) form an ester as the reaction product. Esters are common in organic chemistry and biological materials, and often have a characteristic pleasant, fruity odor. This leads to their extensive use in the fragrance and flavour industry. Esterification is a reversible reaction.Example:

H3C-COOH + HO-CH2-CH3     →     H3C-COO-CH2-CH3 + H2O

Answered by  | 2nd Jul, 2008, 07:31: PM

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