Sulphuric acid is the catalyst used in Fischer-Speier esterification.
Fischer Esterification is an organic reaction that is employed to convert carboxylic acids in the presence of excess alcohol and a strong acid catalyst to give an ester as the final product. This ester is formed along with water.
- The esterification of Fischer is one of the most common carboxylic acid reactions. Treatment with alcohol of carboxylic acids in the presence of acid catalyst contributes to the formation of esters along with the removal of a water molecule.
- Fischer esterification uses sulphuric acid as a catalyst. It protonates the carboxylic acid carbonyl group and not the feature of hydroxyl.