posted by Jonathan on .
What is the white solid that quickly forms when the methyl salicylate is added to the sodium hydroxide solution?
I know that it is this equation but I wanted to know what is the name of the white solid:
HOC6H4COOCH3 + NaOH „³ HOC6H4COO- Na+ + CH3OH
If the OH group is ortho to the COOCH3 group, then the NaOH is hydrolyzing the ester to form salicyclic acid and in the presence of NaOH it forms the sodium salt, It is called sodium salicylate.