What is the ester formed by #"acetic acid"# and #"n-butanol"#?

1 Answer
Apr 3, 2016

Answer:

Butyl acetate?

Explanation:

#H_3C(=O)OH + HOCH_2CH_2CH_2CH_3 rightleftharpoonsH_3C(=O)OCH_2CH_2CH_2CH_3 + OH_2#

Esterification involves reaction of the alcoholic oxygen with the electrophilic carbonyl and the elimination of water. I think that this ester has an apple aroma; it would certainly smell quite nice.