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Chemiluminescence Ester Formation - Divanillyl Oxalate

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Alcoholysis of acid chlorides, here;

@OP, I think you are on getting onto the right track now, but it would not hurt to ask yourself, "Is chloride a good leaving group?"

I think it would be, maybe in HCl form?

Chloride ion is a very weak base, and weak bases make good leaving groups.  Therefore, a chlorine atom does not need to be protonated in order to leave.  Strong bases, by contrast make poor leaving groups, but they can sometimes be protonated to become good leaving groups.  The second point is tangential to the problem at hand, but it might be useful to you as you work on other chemistry problems.


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