In the oxidation of organic chemicals, are there any conditions that must involve water or must not be in the presence of water or the oxidation process will stop despite the presence of the oxidizing agent? I remember my teacher saying something about this, but I don't remember which one it is? I think it might have something to do with carboxylic acid or esters. I would just like to be sure. Also, what are the conditions required for desterification? I can't seem to find it on the internet. I know esterification requires an acid and heat but I am not sure if that applies to the reverse. Thank you in advance.