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Preparation of Esters: Nature’s Flavors and Fragrances—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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The unique flavor of any food is a combined sense of taste and smell initiated by the aroma or fragrance of volatile organic compounds. For fruits, the primary flavor and fragrance ingredients are organic compounds called esters. With the Preparation of Esters: Nature’s Flavors and Fragrances—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, investigate the preparation of organic esters and identify them by their characteristic odors.

Concepts

  • Ester Functional Group
  • Esterification Reaction
  • Carboxylic Acids and Alcohols
  • Equilibrium