Science
organic Chemistry: chemical equations

Question Description

Write an equation to illustrate the formation of ethyl acetate from ethyl alcohol and acetic acid

Final Answer

Ethyl acetate is synthesized in industry mainly via the classic Fisher esterification reaction of ethanol and acetic acid This mixture converts to the ester in about 65% yield at room temperature:

CH3CH2OH + CH3COOH → CH3COOCH2CH3 + H2O

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