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Hi! i had a query on the oxidation of ethylethanoate by H2O2

 

I made this rough n ready ester by reacting excess ethanol, with some ethanoic acid in an excess of Sulphuric acid.

I then let it cool, and in the same solution added an equal part of hydrogen peroxide: placed it on ice to observe properly, and now notice inmiscible swirls in the solution. At room temperature, the characteristic smell of the ester has gone and a fine white ppte is left in suspension.

 

Any ideas?

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congratulations, you have just made peracetic acid and/or ethyl peroxyethanoate, depending on how much sulfuric acid you had and what concentration it was at.

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so do these things hes made have any cool physical properties?

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