Conversion of acid chlorides to esters through addition of an alcohol

by James

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

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

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James Ashenhurst

It’s the same as this, but there is no proton transfer step. Addition and then elimination.

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JD Harwell Sr.

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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