Paper Title
Esterification of Acetic Acid With Butanol in the Presence of Solid Acid Catalyst

Esterification represents one of the most important reactions in chemical industry and the esters produced have applications in a variety of areas such as plasticizers, flavours and fragrances, pesticides, solvents, medicinal and surface active agents. Esterification reactions proceed with or without a catalyst. In the absence of the catalyst, the reaction is extremely slow, since its rate depends on the autoprotolysis of the carboxylic acid. Therefore, esterification is carried out in the presence of a acid catalyst which acts as a proton donor to the carboxylic acid. These reactions are generally carried out in batch reactors in the presence of with supported heterogeneous catalysts. The esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol was studied in the presence of solid acid catalyst such as MoO3/SiO2. The effect of various parameters such as temperature, mole ratio, catalyst loading loadings were studied Keywords : n-butyl acetate, acid catalyst, MoO3/SiO2