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The characterisation of acetic acid

The characterisation of acetic acid "wood vinegar"

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The acetic acid is formed, just as the methanol, from the methoxy groups of the Iignins. The acetic acid content of the distillate is approx. 6%, which is about three times higher than that of methanol.

An indication that further decomposition products are formed should be given.

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  • Acetic acid is, among other substances, produced by the dry distillation of wood.
  • This so-called wood vinegar is an acid and can be distinguished from other distillation products (e.g. methanol) with indicators.


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  • Experiment is part of a complete solution set with experiments for the topic Organic Chemistry matched with international curriculum: all topics are covered


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