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# Physical Properties of Esters

The esters are the flavors and fragrances of nature. Many of them have healing powers that are not fully understood and the naturally occurring esters are the basis for "folk medicine". The long chain esters are not generally classified as hazardous material.

However the short chain esters and in particular the acrylates are very hazardous. Few of the rest of the class are flammable but they are combustible. The esters have first names related to the alkyl radicals such as methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl and have last names such as formate, acetate, propionate,butyrate, acrylate and so on.

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## Ester Properties

RCOOH + HOR' $\rightleftharpoons$ RCOOR' + H2O