exercise 43

Ethyl acetate is an ester of acetic acid that is widely used as an industrial solvent, but particularly for the preparation of lacquers and resins (read Chemistry on our hands).
The esterification reaction of acetic acid occurs by reaction with ethyl alcohol, using sulfuric acid as a catalyst and as a dehydrating agent. In fact, sulfuric acid tends to remove the water formed by the reaction favoring, according to Le Châtelier’s principle, the quantitative synthesis of ethyl acetate.

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Open an Avogadro page. Construct the molecule of acetic acid (pencil → element) and ethyl alcohol (pencil → element). Studying the two structures, then construct the molecule of ethyl acetate by determining how the water molecule is formed.

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