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[*] posted on 20-5-2016 at 12:16
Ethyl Acetate to Ethanol?


Ethyl acetate is made from ethanol and Acetic acid, correct? Shouldn't I be able to get ethanol from it by adding something like NaOH or KOH? Would the result be ethanol and sodium acetate or potassium acetate? I have seen some posts on the web stating that it would result in Ethanol and Acetic Acid but I'm not sure how that is possible as the K or Na are added to the solution.

Either way, if K/Na acetate or Acetic Acid are a result (plus ethanol obviously) then the only way to separate would be distillation or correct?

Would the ethanol be 200 proof and pure (for reactions)?
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[*] posted on 20-5-2016 at 17:51


And use the search engine to find...

http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=29728




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[*] posted on 21-5-2016 at 08:18


Just add some HCl and water to it to it and gently heat it.

CH3COOC2H5+H2O ----HCl------> CH3COOH+C2H5OH (hcl is catalyst)

and seperate both from each other
And u r done hoooorrraay!!
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[*] posted on 21-5-2016 at 11:42


Quote: Originally posted by idrbur  
Just add some HCl and water to it to it and gently heat it.

CH3COOC2H5+H2O ----HCl------> CH3COOH+C2H5OH (hcl is catalyst)

and seperate both from each other
And u r done hoooorrraay!!


If you use sodium hydroxide, it is far, far easier to separate the ethanol from the sodium acetate than it is to try to separate it from acetic acid.




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cool.gif posted on 21-5-2016 at 12:18


Quote: Originally posted by idrbur  
Just add some HCl and water to it to it and gently heat it.


If "it" is acetic acid and ethanol, the product is ethyl acetate. That arrow actually goes both ways.

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[*] posted on 22-5-2016 at 07:10


Quote: Originally posted by Bert  
And use the search engine to find...

http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=29728


Just curious as to what you searched for to find that? I did a search but probably didn't know the proper terms. I did search for ethyl acetate to ethanol and got 2 pages but most didn't seem to have anything to do with the conversion, they just were mentioned in the thread.
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