# Esterification of Glycine

I came upon the following statement in a true/false question:

Glycine can be esterified by an alcohol in the presence of inorganic acid

Is this statement correct?

Glycine contains the basic $$\ce{-NH2}$$ group, which would get protonated in the presence of inorganic acid. As a consequence, would the esterification process still be carried out on the $$\ce{-COOH}$$ group? This paper says that the reaction needs trimethylchlorosilane as a catalyst and not an inorganic acid.

• Me3SiCl is not a catalyst, its a reagent used in excess. – Waylander Mar 6 at 14:28