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Butyl formate
« on: June 07, 2004, 01:40:50 PM »
Is Butyl formate is synthesized from a 4 carboxylic acid and a 1 carbon alcohol?

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Re:Butyl formate
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2004, 03:15:34 PM »
It probably can. Although I'm not sure what reaction takes place to form it.
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Re:Butyl formate
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2004, 05:02:21 PM »
It's a pretty standard esterification reaction between a carboxyllic acid and an alcohol.  Most people do these reactions in their first year college chemistry labs.  

The reaction is CH3CH2CH2COOH + CH3OH -> CH3CH2CH2(C=O)O-CH3 + H2O

This requires heat and I believe a little bit of concentrated sulfuric acid to catalyze it.  
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Re:Butyl formate
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2004, 10:40:06 PM »
Actually, I'm a bit off in my structure.  I drew the structure for methyl butyrate instead.  Butyl formate would be synthesized from a four carbon alcohol and a one carbon acid.  (I.E. Butanol and Formic Acid).
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