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    Does anyone know of a suitable chemical test that identifies esters out of an alcohol, a ketone, an alkane and an ester?
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    Urgh, I had to do that coursework :rolleyes: Saponification was the only reaction I could come up with - I got a 6 for the plan so I assume it was right:

    http://www.schoolresult.com/chemistr...chemistry9.htm
    Ester + NaOH –(Heat) --> Sodium SALT(ate) + alcohol
    Saponification reaction + phenolphthalein indicator
    Pink colour -> decolourises upon heating when ester has reacted completely.

    Dunno if that link works anymore but the info's from that site. I think some others in my class used a PCl5 test though I couldn't find enough info on it.
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    (Original post by madmazda86)
    Urgh, I had to do that coursework :rolleyes: Saponification was the only reaction I could come up with - I got a 6 for the plan so I assume it was right:

    http://www.schoolresult.com/chemistr...chemistry9.htm
    Ester + NaOH ?(Heat) --> Sodium SALT(ate) + alcohol
    Saponification reaction + phenolphthalein indicator
    Pink colour -> decolourises upon heating when ester has reacted completely.

    Dunno if that link works anymore but the info's from that site. I think some others in my class used a PCl5 test though I couldn't find enough info on it.
    thanks
 
 
 

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