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Hydrolysis of aspirin

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    Can someone please show me the mechanism, I am struggling to find it, I have looked over books and the net to no effect
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    It's an ester. Does that help?

    Acid catalyst: http://www.chemguide.co.uk/physical/...hydrolyse.html
    Base catalyst: http://www.chem.ucalgary.ca/courses/...h20-3-3-1.html

    I also found this: http://www.chemistry-react.org/go/de...Faq_21148.html
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    is it not a carboxyllic acid?
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    The ester group will hydrolyse.
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    so is it a carboxyllic acid or ester?
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    It has both groups. But you're talking about hydrolysis. Carboxylic acids don't undergo hydrolysis so it obviously splits at the ester group.

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