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Industry Overview:

What do you get when you combine a carboxylic acid and an alcohol? No, this isn’t the set-up for a bar joke; it is the description of organic compounds known as esters. These natural compounds are essential to life – phosphoesters form the backbone of DNA molecules – and have also become essential to modern industry.

Everyone has probably heard the name of one of the most common groups of industrial esters: polyesters, used to make clothing and home furnishings. Their strength and resilience make polyesters ideal synthetic fabrics. Another widespread use of esters is in the fragrance industry. Many fruits owe their sweet smells to ester compounds (including apples and bananas), and many more foods and personal care items are likewise reliant on the aroma of esters.

Common Applications:

  • Polymers, monomers, etc
  • Liquids, solids
  • Acids – organic, inorganic
  • Esterification
  • Adducts
  • Catalytic hydrogenation
  • Fatty alcohols – lauryl, oleyl and stearyl
  • Protecting group
  • Lipases


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