Acid + Alcohol

  1. Mar 10, 2008 #1
    hi
    i have the following reaction

    isobutyric acid + 2-methoxyethanol <-> 2-methoxyethyl-2-methylpropanoate

    but i don't know all of the by-products.

    please help thanks

    edit: i think is only water and some unreacted reactants?
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2008
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  3. Mar 10, 2008 #2

    rock.freak667

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    Acid is RCOOH and the alcohol is R'OH. Yes water will be a by-product. But how do you get water from this? (The -OH from the acid and the H from the alcohol bond together to form the water) What you are left with will form the other product.


    (btw were there any conditions for this reaction?)
     
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  4. Mar 10, 2008 #3
    no, because i am suppose to make procedure to create the product
    so i will have to change the condition to shift equilibrium to the right side i guess...

    why?
     
  5. Mar 11, 2008 #4

    rock.freak667

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    Because an acid and alcohol react to give ester and water in the presence of H+ as a catalyst.
     
  6. Mar 11, 2008 #5
    thanks for confirm, rock
     
  7. Mar 12, 2008 #6

    ~christina~

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    Just to name what your doing (basically acid catyzed dehydration of an alcohol is what your doing).
     
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