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Offline 1forest1

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Aspirin synthesis reaction???
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:45:20 PM »
Is the reaction for the synthesis of aspirin with salicylic acid and acetic anhydride a reversible reaction?? could equilibrium be used to explain why the percentage yield is low??

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Re: Aspirin synthesis reaction???
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 02:14:32 PM »
Start by writing the reaction out.  See if something about the products or reactants makes a reverse reaction unlikely.
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Re: Aspirin synthesis reaction???
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 02:18:04 PM »
im not quite sure what you mean. I know the the reactants are salicylic acid and acetic anhydride and the products formed are aspirin and acetic acid. But isn't that an esterification reaction?? and I thought those were reversible

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Re: Aspirin synthesis reaction???
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 04:39:20 PM »
thanks, just got myself a bit confused

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