Hello Chemichal Forums
I have a question regarding the following reaction:
As I see it, the strong base OH- destoys the esterbonds in the triglyceride. The hydrogenatom of KOH goes to the "skeleton" of the triglyceridemolecule seperated by the broken esterbonds to form the glycerol, and the O- ion and K+ ion goes to the carboxylate-ion to form the potassium salt. This is how I make it work in the reaction, but I find it very odd that an o- ion exist like this.
It this the correct interpretation?
Thank you very much for any help