Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
The base promoted hydrolysis, saponification, of several esters of pivalic acid (trimethyl acetic acid – C (CH3)3COOH) has been studied. Kinetic studies were performed and a possible mechanism for the reactions is proposed. The saponification of esters has been well studied. Ingold1 proposes three possible mechanisms for the reaction; Bac2, Bal1, and Bal2. The B stands for base promoted, the ac and al for acyl oxygen cleavage or alkyl oxygen cleavage, respectively, and the 1 or 2 for first or second order kinetics.
Watkins, Kevin Thomas, "Saponification of several esters of pilvalic acid" (1986). Honors Theses. 2007.