Posted by: Mark Foreman | March 6, 2010

A film on how to make a ester using a acid chloride

I saw this on YouTube recently, it is a good film about how to make an ester using an acid chloride.

The mechanism of the reaction is very simple, the triethyl amine deprotonates the phenol to make an phenolate anion. The oxygen of the phenolate anion reacts with the acid chloride to then form the ester.

The reaction will go via a tetrahedral intermediate to make the ester.


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