( 4 months ago )
Esters can be formed in two ways according to the syllabus I'm following:
(1) Mixing an alcohol with a carboxylic acid in the presence of sulfuric acid; and
(2) Mixing an alcohol with an acid chloride.
My question is:
Which method produces the highest yield of esters?
I think method (2) does because the Cl− will attach with the −OH in alcohol. However, I'm not exactly sure of the reason. Can someone explain it clearly with full details please?