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Today's experiment will be making a minty-scented oil for the winter time: methyl salicylate, or oil of wintergreen. This can be made simply from two very common and easy to obtain chemicals, and with a very simple procedure. This is also one of my first forays into organic chemistry!
- 13.0 g aspirin, C9H8O4 (the actual tablets will weigh more!)
- 60 mL methanol, CH3OH
- 8 mL concentrated sulfuric acid, H2SO4
- Distilled water
1 mol aspirin + 2 mol methanol --> 1 mol methyl acetate + 1 mol methyl salicylate