How may be ethyl ethanoate be obtained from ethanol?

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Ethyl ethanoate is an ester formed by the reaction between ethanol and ethanoic acid.

To carry out this reaction, you would first have to oxidize some ethanol to change it to ethanoic acid:

CH3CH2OH + O2  -->  CH3COOH

You can then react the ethanoic acid with additional ethanol to form the ester:

CH3COOH  +  CH3CH2OH  -->   CH3COOCH2CH3  +  HOH


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