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How to prepare alcohol using hydrolysis of esters?


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Preparation of Alcohol using Hydrolysis of Esters

  • A reaction in which an acid reacts with alcohol in presence of acid to yield ester is called an esterification reaction.
  • Esters are chemical compounds that are derived from organic or inorganic acids were at least one hydroxyl group is replaced by an alkoxy group.
  • Hydrolysis is a simple reaction with water.
  • It can be a reverse of water condensation.
  • The general reaction of hydrolysis of the ester by dilute acid and water.
    RCOOR'Ester+H2OWaterH+(aq.)RCOOHAcid+R'OHAlcohol

Therefore to prepare alcohol using hydrolysis of esters, an esterification reaction is used.


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