As an elective experiment in the class in organic preparations it was decided to make pure butyric acid from n-butyl acetate. To accomplish this the plan followed was (1) the hydrolysis of the ester to obtain n-butyl alcohol, (2) the oxidation of the alcohol to the acid, and (3) the separation of the acid from the mixture.
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Adair, Lallance A. and Simmons, E. J.
"A Simplified Method For The Preparation Of Butyric Acid,"
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