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Answer to Question #57718 in Organic Chemistry for reena

Question #57718
How do i write equation for the reaction of ethyl ethanoate with dilute
alkali.

and which one is the better equations for obtaining the organic product?
Expert's answer
The general equation for the reaction (hydrolysis) is:
CH3COOC2H5 + MOH → CH3COOM + C2H5OH
where M is an alkali metal
The reactivity of bases decreases in the following order:
FrOH > CsOH > KOH > NaOH > LiOH
Thus, the best one is FrOH (however, it is radioactive and very expensive). The cheapest one is KOH so
that it is commonly used for hydrolysis.

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