Catalysis Essay Examples

catalysis increases the rate of attaining equilibrium but it does not affect the position of the equilibrium. For shifting the equilibrium reaction to the right (that is to favor the formation of the desired ester) two strategies are usually deployed. Firstly, large amounts of alcohol may be added to shift the equilibrium towards right. Secondly, removing products (that is water or the desired ester) of the esterification reaction. The first process is usually deployed when the alcohol is relatively cheap. The process of shifting the equilibrium of the etherification reaction to the right (by using excess alcohol) is known as Fischer’s Esterification. Fischer’s Esterification is extensively used...

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