How to prepare alcohol using hydrolysis of esters?


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 where it involves the ejection of a water molecule when two molecules form together to form a larger molecule.

Hydrolysis of ester by dilute acid and water

Hydrolysis of ester by dilute acid and water

In the above reaction dilute acid is used as acid catalyst.

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