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Homework Help: Organic Chemistry

Posted by chemstudent on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 12:48pm.

isopentyl alcohol is reacted with acetic acid to make isopentyl acetate through Fischer esterification. Sulfuric acid is used to assist the reaction.

After the reaction, the solution is washed with sodium bicarbonate.

What reactions take place during this washing? What gas is produced? How does this separate unreacted acetic acid and sulfuric acid into a separate aqueous layer?

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