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Reactions involving carboxylic acids

The following question was given in FIITJEE study material: I guess (i) step is de-esterification, which gives the compound of option (A). In next step, I wouldn't expect it to decarboxylate, ...
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Specific reduction of certain functional groups

Consider the compound $\ce{Alkyl-(4 oxocyclopent-2-ene)carboxylate (A)}$. Now consider the operations: $\ce{1. (A) + (i)BH3/THF (ii) H+}$ $\ce{2. (A) + H2/Pt}$ $\ce{3. (A) + H2/Pd-C}$...
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Pyridinium ion in inositol nicotinate

I have read about inositol nicotinate which is used as a medication for deficiency in vitamin B-3. I think that if acetic acid was applied to this medication it would form pyridinium ion and acetate ...
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Preparation of compounds using acetoacetic ester synthesis

I've been given the following exercise in organic chemistry, and I'm at a complete loss. The text book doesn't cover the subject at all. I have some knowledge of melonic ester synthesis. As an ...
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What will be produced when sucrose and potassium bitartrate react with each other?

What would happen if sugar and cream of tartar react with each other? Would it create an ester? $$\ce{KC4H5O6 + C12H22O11 -> KC16H21O14 + 3H2O}$$ Is this correct? If not, why?
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Reduction of ester / eneone in presence of epoxide

I want to reduce an ester and an eneone in the presence of a terminal epoxide. I read on here @jerepierre did an ester in the presence of an epoxide with DIBAL. I know the DIBAL works for my ester, ...
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Why can't carboxylic acid + NaH + tert-butyl bromide react to create an ester?

So, the picture I showed above asks for which reagents can form the ester product. I was wondering why D can't form it? I was thinking that first, the $\ce{NaH}$ would react with the carboxylic acid ...
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Mechanism of Acid Hydrolysis

I wanted to ask a question about acid catalysed hydrolysis. I learnt in an introductory course to Physical Organic Chemistry that there are different ways that an ester can be hydrolysed acidically: ...
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Does boric acid catalyze esterifications with isopropanol?

I am going to synthetise isopropyl salicylate. From what I have read on phillysim.org (pdf) the formation of ethyl salicylate can be catalyzed by boric acid. I could use sulfuric acid but it would be ...
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Does this reaction require catalyst/solvent?

Planning on synthesising 2-formylphenyl benzoate by reacting benzoyl chloride with salicylaldehyde. Since both Benzoyl chloride and salicylaldehyde is liquid, will it require a catalyst/ solvent? Or ...
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Naming ester as a substituent to carboxylic acid

Can carboxylic acid functional group -COOH and ester's functional group R-COO-R' be in one structure? If yes, carboxylic acid will be the parent chain and ester will be the substituent as c.a. is ...
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Rate of hydrolysis of ester in presence of an acidic medium

Does the rate of hydrolysis of an ester depend on the concentration of both the ester and the acid, or only the ester? I was told by my professor that hydrolysis of ester follows a pseudo-first order ...
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Using Wilkinson's Catalyst to reduce esters?

I was solving some questions on alcohols when I came upon a question in which it was asked that whether esters can be reduced using hydrogen in the prescence of wilkinson's catalyst. Now I know that ...
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Final product when sp2 oxygen of acid is O18 in fischer esterification

In the question above, i was curious about option 3. If the carbonyl oxygen is O18, shouldn't half of the product we obtain contain O18 on the carbonyl since we have two possible leaving groups with ...
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Thermal decomposition of ester [closed]

I have a clear liquid with a faint sweet smell. I know this compound contains an aromatic group and an ester. However, something strange happens when I try to distill it - it forms a white solid. I ...
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Ester of glycerol and glyceric acid

What is the ester of glycerol ($\ce{C3H8O3}$) and glyceric acid ($\ce{C3H6O4}$)? I couldn't find any information about it online, so is this reaction even possible? I'm not sure what would happen, ...
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Comparing acidity in 3,4-dihydroxyfuran-2(5H)-one and 2,3-dihydroxycyclopent-2-en-1-one

I have two compounds with two hydrogens namely (a),(b),(c) and (d). I have to compare the acidity of the following hydrogens. My approach: I removed the hydrogen atoms one by one and compared the ...
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Hybridization of carbon atoms present in the smallest ester?

I found this question in the Resonance DLPD Organic Chemistry book on Page 55: What is the hybridization of carbon atoms present in the smallest ester? The smallest ester as far as I know is ...
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Why doesn't self condensation occur in acetoacetic ester synthesis

So, I came across a quite versatile method to synthesize aldehydes and ketones, its called the Acetoacetic ester synthesis. Suppose I need some 2-pentanone. So to synthesize it via this method I can ...
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Hydrolysis under basic medium

The first compound is said to be hydrolyzed more easily than the 2nd compound below under Alkaline medium . How is this possible ? I thought due to resonance, -NO2 acquires negative charge which ...
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Are there amide versions of lactides and lactones?

In my book, I read that Lactides and lactones are cyclic esters which contain two and one ester group in them, respectively. They are formed when $\alpha$-hydroxy; and $\gamma$- or $\delta$- hydroxy ...
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Why mixture turns brown upon heating, during esterification with H2SO4?

In the lab I was synthesising an ester with sulphuric acid as a catalyst. However the mixture turned brown and my teacher said I had burnt the acid, but what does this actually mean?
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Which are the radicals containing phosphorus in ATP?

The ATP molecule contains 3 $\ce P$ atoms linked through esteric bonds. The IUPAC name of triphosphate adenosine is "[[(2R,3S,4R,5R)-5-(6-aminopurin-9-yl)-3,4-dihydroxyoxolan-2-yl]methoxy-...
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Vinyl vs Acryl IUPAC Usage [closed]

I have read that the word Vinyl and Acryl, both refer to the same group. The difference is that Acryl is used for naming when the functional group attached itself contains a carbon atom while Vinyl ...
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Formation of (Gamma) Methylparaconic acid

I came across this question recently, I tried to devise a mechanism but I'm struck here, My try - Moreover, I think my mechanism is somewhat inefficient because of formation of some byproducts, ...
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Acid hydrolysis of ethyl acetate [closed]

For my chemistry IA, I am planning to determine the reaction rate and activation energy of the acid catalyzed hydrolysis of ethyl acetate. Where can I find literature values for these, so i can ...
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Fischer-Speier Esterification: Sulfuric acid removal following creation of ester

I'm a beginning chemistry student, and I was wondering what the best way of removing sulfuric acid was following the creation of benzyl acetate. So far, I have that benzyl alcohol and glacial acetic ...
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Mechanism for the intra-molecular exchange of an ester and a nitrile group

When the isolated product 4 is treated with sodium ethoxide in ethanol it rearranges to 5 as shown: My TA says that you need to start with a reverse Claisen at the ketone but I am not quite ...
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Can the alkyl-oxygen bond in lactones be cleaved in an SN2 reaction?

I understand that nucleophiles typically attack the electrophilic carbonyl carbon of the lactone and open the ring through a nucleophilic acyl substitution. Has there ever been the case where the ...
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What is first protonated aldehyde or lactone?

In a six membered lactone with carbaldehyde in beta position, which oxygen gets protonated first? the lactone or the aldehyde? (Using concentrated HCl)
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Confused about enolate chemistry [closed]

I'm not so sure how this mechanism is supposed to go. Could anyone provide some pointers? The answer is supposed to be: In particular, I'm confused about how to break up the two esters.
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Can an enol acetate be formed through Fischer esterification?

Since acetone is converted into its enol form under acidic conditions, could it participate in Fischer esterification to form an enol acetate? For example, would refluxing acetone, p-TSA, and acetic ...
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Which mechanism is not seen during hydrolysis of esters? [closed]

Which mechanism is not seen during the hydrolysis of esters? AAC2 BAC2 AAL2 BAL2 AAC1 I know that hydrolysis of ester is pseudo-first order reaction but I found this question where ...
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How do sulphate esters compare to phosphate esters? [closed]

In particular, the energy released from hydrolysis of the -S-O-S- bonds and how stable are they in aqueous solution compared to phosphate esters?
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Deciding more electrophilic centre between ester and thioester for SN type reaction

My question: (though it won't alter the product) Which carbon is attacked first, the one adjacent to sulphur or the one adjacent to oxygen? The solution says that the carbon adjacent to sulphur is ...
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Base used in Claisen Condensation

Here's what I read about which base to use in Claisen Condensation reaction (two esters or ester + carbonyl compound forming a beta keto-ester or beta-diketone): The base used must not interfere ...
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What type of polyester is most commonly used for clothing?

Many polymers have the name of the monomer in their names, e.g. polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polystyrene etc. But the ester in polyester refers to a group of chemicals (having an ...
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Residual catalyst leaching from PETE

I am trying to look for healthy options for 5 gallon water jugs. The problem is all the plastic 5 gallon water jugs on the market are either made of #1 PETE (BPA free) or #7 (which contains BPA). It ...
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Can citric acid create a polyester?

Citric acid has both alcohol and carboxylic acid groups, so could it "esterify" with the other citric acid molecules in solution? I notice that it is a tertiary alcohol. I don't suppose that would ...
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Ester as a side product in the synthesis of bromoalkane from alcohol. Is it correct?

About 5 months ago, I answered a very interesting question albeit a very simple one. Why do we need sulfuric acid in creating alkyl bromide and not in creating alkyl iodide from alcohol and ...
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Does the slippery feeling of bases always appear at certain pH?

My guess is that the saponification reaction is only dependent on the concentration of $OH^{-1}$ ions and of course the coposition and concentration of fats. I also guess that the fat part of the ...
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Ethyl Acetate: how to store

I'm a 3D printing hobbyist and a few months ago I bought some Ethyl Acetate after learning online that it might have a similar effect on PLA as acetone has on ABS. From the tests I made, I was either ...
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Sulphuric Acid in Esterification Reaction

Why is it that adding the sulphuric acid slowly to a solution of alcohol and carboxylic acid (making an ester) will increase the yield of the product? It seems that not only does the rate at which it ...
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Esterification Colour Change

I was in a chemistry lecture about the upcoming laboratory practical on esters that I would have to take. My lecturer had mentioned that we ought not worry about "the pink coloration that will occur" ...
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Hydrolysis of an ester

An organic compound X of formula $\ce{C5H10O2}$ forms two compounds when boiled in aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. One of these compounds forms a ketone when treated with acidified potassium ...
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Why are peroxides unstable but disulfide bridges considered stable? Why are esters stable but thiolesters are unstable?

I can not understand why a peroxide $\ce{R-O-O-R}$ is considered reactive and unstable. Going down one row on the periodic table, a disulfide bridge ($\ce{R-S-S-R}$) is apparently super stable and ...
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Purification of polar NHS esters

What are the options that I might be missing for the purification of a molecule with the following characteristic: Contains an activated ester that reacts with water (NHS) Reacts readily with ...
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Esterification with tertiary alcohol

I saw a different mechanism for esterification of tertiary alcohol in a book. They say that first the $\ce{OH}$ is protonated and it leaves to form the tertiary carbocation. Then the oxygen's lone ...
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Saponification Value of a fat/oil

The saponification value of a fat was determined by adding $\pu{9.0 g}$ of the fat to flask containing $\pu{50.0 cm3}$ of $\pu{1.00 M}$ ethanolic potassium hydroxide. The remaining solution was ...
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Protonation of Carbonyl oxygen in Fischer Esterification

In the Fischer Esterification, why is it the acid's carbonyl oxygen getting protonated and not the hydroxyl oxygen? This protonation occurs in Step 1 of the mechanism below. I read in some textbooks ...