|Chapter 19: Carboxylic Acids|
Carboxylic acids (RCO2H) are a common and important functional group (e.g. amino acids, fatty acids etc.) and provide the point of access to the carboxylic acids derivatives (acyl chlorides, acid anhydrides, esters, amides etc.).
Carboxylic acids are the most acidic of the common organic functional groups.
We have already encountered several
methods for the preparation of carboxylic acids which are reviewed
here, such as oxidation of alcohols, aldehydes or alkyl aromatics.
Reactions of Carboxylic Acids
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