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Why is the Ester Hydrolysis Slow in the Beginning and Becomes Faster After Sometime? - Chemistry

Why is the ester hydrolysis slow in the beginning and becomes faster after sometime?

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Solution

Ester hydrolysis can be represented as:

Ester + Water → Acid + Alcohol

The acid produced in the reaction acts as a catalyst and makes the reaction faster. Substances that act as catalysts in the same reaction in which they are obtained as products are known as autocatalysts.

Concept: Catalysis - Enzyme Catalysis
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NCERT Class 12 Chemistry Textbook
Chapter 5 Surface Chemistry
Q 5 | Page 133
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