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esterification reaction between CH3OH+C7H6O3. What are the products?

Submitted by sbates on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 11:17

Esterification reaction between CH3OH (menthol) + C7H6O3 (salicylic acid) using H2SO4 as a catalyst.  I am having trouble determining what the products would be.


A carboxylic acid and an alcohol will undergo a dehydration reaction to make an ester. In this case it will be one of my favorites, methyl salicylate, or oil of wintergreen.


 

The equation for the reaction between an acid RCOOH and an alcohol R'OH (where R and R' can be the same or different) is:

so, for CH3OH (menthol) + C7H6O3 (salicylic acid formula is  C6H4(OH)COOH , so the R group here is C6H5O-COOH.

CH3OH   +   C6H5O-COOH -----------------> C6H5O-(CO)O-CH3

i am not 100% sure but i think it should be correct.