Tag : NMR

Identification of an Unknown Alcohol – Fischer Esterification

In this experiment, an unknown alcohol underwent a Fischer Esterification reaction by reacting it with acetic acid as well as sulfuric acid catalyst. The unknown product material was purified through distillation and characterized by analyzing the NMR and IR spectrum and determining the density of the product. In addition, the boiling point, refractive index, and chemical tests were performed to test for an ester. Lastly, the starting material, an unknown alcohol, was determined after finding out the product and examining […]