Sorry that this is such a stupid and easy question ^^a
Currently, I am researching the effect of changes in concentration of the reactants on the rate of reaction between acidified potassium permanganate and 2-butanol. When i was plotting a graph of rate of reaction vs concentration, I noticed the slope was rather unusual. I thought that the only reaction that could occur was the oxidation of butanol, but then it occured to me that perhaps esterification may have taken place.
I was wondering what conditions can esterification occur? Also, is esterification only possible between alkanol and carboxylic acids? or is it possible to have esterification between an alkanol and a inorganic acid (eg. sulphuric acid)
I appreciate any information you have on these questions =)