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20. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives:NAS

Fischer Esterification

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Fischer Esterification is also known as acid-catalyzed esterification. Why is it so important? Because we convert an OH group to an OR group. 

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BTW if you notice that when drawing the first resonance structure in red there is an arrow that looks off, don't be alarmed! The arrow should go the opposite direction [from the double bond to the +OH group]