• Question: what was the coolest chemical reaction you have ever had

    Asked by Satoru Fujinuma to Ryan on 7 Feb 2022.
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      Ryan Holmes answered on 7 Feb 2022:

      Fischer Esterification
      An ester is generated from an alcohol and an carboxylic acid.
      The starting materials smell awful like rancid butter/milk or dead fish and the final product smells like fruits such as pineapple, strawberry, or pears. The whole smell of the lab shifts at a certain point. It is a really neat reaction. Look it up!