Let's take for example a reaction that would benefit from having less water in it, ester formation from alcohol and acid. We know that the equilibrium can be shifted to the right (ester formation) if water is constantly removed through distillation. My question is: would adding an excess of NaCl affect the reaction and push the reaction to the right?
The water would solvate the NaCl and theoretically be "preoccupied." I would like to think that water adding back to the ester to form an alcohol and acid would be more energetically favourable, but I don't really have enough knowledge to answer that on my own. Any thoughts?