Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Conversion of acid chlorides to esters through addition of an alcohol

Description: Acid chlorides are converted to esters when treated with alcohols.

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Org. Synth. 1932, 12, 1

DOI Link: 10.15227/orgsyn.012.0001

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Org. Synth. 1944, 24, 18

DOI Link: 10.15227/orgsyn.024.0018

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Org. Synth. 1944, 24, 41

DOI Link: 10.15227/orgsyn.024.0041

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Org. Synth. 1966, 46, 1

DOI Link: 10.15227/orgsyn.046.0001

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Org. Synth. 1971, 51, 96

DOI Link: 10.15227/orgsyn.051.0096

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3 thoughts on “Conversion of acid chlorides to esters through addition of an alcohol

  1. do you have a mechanism explain the reaction between alcoholic alkoxide with acyl halide or anhydride to form ester ??
    I’m interested in to make a reaction between alcohol and maleic anhydride , but i don’t know what is the mechanism of the reaction will occur ..
    may you help me please ??

    Thanks ,

    Ameen

  2. Our textbook has this reaction shown only with acid chlorides, as well. Does the addition-elimination happen with other acid halides or just acid chloride?

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