Talk:Methyl acetate

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methyl acetate

Reaction with Water?[edit]

My chemistry textbook details a practical in which methyl ethanoate is added is rected with water, forming ethanoic acid and methanol. Should the chemistry section of this article be expanded to reflect that? I' not sure and as such don't want to procedd as yet. --82.10.64.133 01:12, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

This reaction is called hydrolisis, it is the reverse of the esterfication reaction which produce methyl acetate from the acetic acid and methanol. From the process point of view it is a difficult reaction which need a high ratio of water to methyl acetate. The reaction can be also conducted in a reactive distillation column. This later is matter of research in some laboratories. The reason is that the methyl acetate has not a very good market value and hydrolysis is a way to valorize it.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 139.174.158.139 (talkcontribs)

Iconsistency with Ethyl Acetate page[edit]

One page (Methyl methanoate) says the IUPAC name is "Methyl Acetate", whereas the Ethyl Ethanoate page says the IUPAC name is Ethyl Ethanoate. I believe the Methyl Acetate page is wrong, as Acetate is a common name, and not one that directly gives you anything about its structure.

In case I haven't been clear, one page uses Acetate, the other uses Ethanoate; yes, they are both correct parts of the larger name, but they are clearly made with different rules, and I do not think the IUPAC system would use Acetate in its naming. --Tehol (talk) 20:07, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

I changed it in the infobox, using the Ace- prefix is not part of the IUPAC system. Shameen (talk) 13:10, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Solubility of methyl acetate in water[edit]

"Methyl acetate has a solubility of 25% in water at room temperature." ; It is not clear whether this solubility is in % w/w or %v/v, can anyone clarify? 132.229.117.61 (talk) 14:21, 22 November 2010 (UTC)