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Homework Help: organic chemistry

Posted by PIN on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 6:10am.

What will be the effect of adding solid NaHCO3 to hot concentrated H2SO4? Why should the reaction vessel containing a synthesized ester be cooled first before neutralization?
My Guess #1:
Since neutralization is an exothermic process and the ester is in equilibrium with its reactants then neutralization would put a stress on the products side and the reaction would favor the backward reaction and less of the ester will be obtained.
My Guess #2:
The neutralization of the acid will cause an increase in the temperature and this could cause slight evaporation of the ester.

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