C7 Chemstry Revision: Esters
Esters are formed when carboxylic acids react with alcohols.
The reaction takes place in the presence of a strong acid catalyst
e.g. concentrated sulphuric acid.
This is the chemical equation for producing esters:
Carboxylic acid ---> Ester + Water
Esters have distinctive smells and are used in perfumes and food products. They are also found in products like solvents, plasticizers and also medicines like paracetamol.
This is an example showing the process of making an ester with the chemical reaction of:
ethanoic acid + ethanol ---> Ester +…