Methyl Formate ( An Ester ) (IUPSC: Methyl Methanoate)

Methyl Formate (Methyl Methanoate) is the simplest of all the organic ester molecules.

It is formic acid molecule (Methanoic Acid) ( H-COOH ) with the acidic hydrogen in the carboxylic acid group ( - COOH ) replaced with an alkyl radical (methyl Group) (-CH3).

An Ester results when a carboxylic acid ( R-COOH ) reacts with an alcohol ( R'-OH ) usually in a hydrogen ion catalyst and a water molecule is form linking the alcohol to the carboxylic acid with an esterfication link ( R-COO-R' )

R and R' stands for any alkyl group.

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