In an esterification reaction, a carboxylic acid reacts with an alcohol to form an ester and water.
Carboxylic acid + Alcohol ↔ Ester + Water
Esters consist of two hydrocarbon chains, as labelled R-COOH (for the carboxyl group) and R'-OH (for the hydroxyl group) in this simulation. Esters are natural organic compounds with broad applications in biology (Phosphodiester bounds, fruit flavor), chemistry, industry (soaps, artificial flavors and aromas).
An ester's name is based on the name for the acid followed by the suffix -oate.
For example :
Select an acid and an alcohol.
Click on to start the reaction.