Chromate Ester

A chromate ester is an ester of chromic acid that has the following general structural formula.

R = alkyl group

Chromate esters are generated by the reaction of alcohols with chromic acid.


A chromate ester derived from an alcohol containing one or more alpha hydrogens is unstable in the presence of basic species, such as water; the reaction between the chromate ester and the base yields an aldehyde or ketone as the organic product.


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