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ERIC Number: EJ941078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Kinetics of Ethyl Acetate Synthesis Catalyzed by Acidic Resins
Antunes, Bruno M.; Cardoso, Simao P.; Silva, Carlos M.; Portugal, Ines
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n8 p1178-1181 Aug 2011
A low-cost experiment to carry out the second-order reversible reaction of acetic acid esterification with ethanol to produce ethyl acetate is presented to illustrate concepts of kinetics and reactor modeling. The reaction is performed in a batch reactor, and the acetic acid concentration is measured by acid-base titration versus time. The experimental data are used to optimize the specific rate constant of the direct reaction, which is the unique parameter of the model; the rate constant for the inverse reaction is expressed in terms of the equilibrium constant. Good representations are generally obtained: the absolute average relative deviation found in this work is only 2.86%. After the experiment, students may carry out simulations for distinct operating conditions. The experimental data for short times are also analyzed approximately by using the classical approach for irreversible second-order reactions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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