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    Role of salts in extraction

    Yeah thanks for your help, writing down all the steps for the extraction helped a lot.
  2. K

    Role of salts in extraction

    Right, thanks for the pointer! Yes you're right about the methyl t-butyl ether. The text refers to it as BME, but it's labeled Mtbe in the the lab... why the inconsistency? don't ask a lowly lab rat like me, I'm sure that there was/is a good reason. Okay so salts to neutralize, good...
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    Role of salts in extraction

    Homework Statement In O-Chem lab, after the reaction is complete, NaHC03 and NaCl solutions are added. Then BME is added and aqueous layer removed. Why do you extract the mixture with salts, and what role does each one play? Homework Equations Ester synthesis trans cinnamic acid + methanol...
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