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Functional group in esters

  1. Feb 16, 2006 #1
    The (main) functional group in esters are:


    Where [tex]R_1[/tex] and [tex]R_2[/tex] are carbon chain.

    When I though about it, I've never heard the systematic name of this functional group. What is this functional group called? I've seen esterbonding etc. but that doesn't sound systematic as ex. alkoxy group, carbonyl group and so on.
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  3. Feb 16, 2006 #2
    This isn't a homework or course question....
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2006
  4. Feb 16, 2006 #3


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    The functional group in an ester is
    [tex] RCOOR'[/tex]

    The esters are named alkyl alkanoates. Since esters can be produced by the reaction between alcohols and carboxylic acids, the alkyl part comes from the corresponding alcohol and the alkanoate comes from the corresponding acid.

    IUPAC nomencalture
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