Sulphuric acid acts as a catalyst to catalyze the reactions of alcohol and carboxylic acid to form ester. Alcohol reacts with carboxylic acid to produce ester and water.
However, as sulphuric acid have strong afinity towards water, will sulphuric acid react with the water produced in an esterification process?
If so, will it mean that the equilibrium is shifted to the right as water is reacted with sulphuric acid? And will this mean that there would be less sulphuric acid present as a catalyst to catalyse the reaction?