Describe how mass spectrometry could be used to determine where the oxygen atom in water ends up after acid catalysed hydrolysis of methyl propanoate using H2O (the oxygen is an isotope: O-18). State the evidence you would look for.
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- 03-11-2016 19:34
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You should recognise that this is an ester and will be hydrolysed into CH3OH and CH3CH2COOH. Work out the values you would expect to get from a mass spectrometer for these compounds.
Think about the difference you would see in this value for the compound containing an 18O rather than 16O