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The process of converting an acid into an alkyl or aryl derivative. most frequently the process consists of the reaction of an acid with an alcohol in the presence of a trace of mineral acid as catalyst or the reaction of an acyl chloride with an alcohol. Esterification can also be accomplished by enzymatic processes.

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Re: What characteristics are there of alcohols?

... the aqueous solubility of the molecule bearing it. Under some circumstances the hydroxyl can be reactive; a typical reaction of hydroxyl groups is esterification (ester formation). To form fatty acids, a hydroxyl is combined with a carboxylic acid by dehydration synthesis to form an ester (a fat ...

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by jonmoulton
Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What characteristics are there of alcohols?
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