Synthesis of Methyl Cinnamate

To a reflux apparatus add 12 g of cinnamic acid, 33 mL of methanol and 2 mL of sulfuric acid, reflux slowly for 5 h. Distill most of the residual methanol off and pour the contents to 100 mL of water. Extract the crude product with 60 mL of ether, evaporate the ether off and recrystallize the product in ethanol.

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Evaporation of the solvent

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The crude product

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