Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

T. J. Tully

Second Advisor

J. A. Bishop

Third Advisor

Gerson L. Ram


The rate of hydrolysis of methyl, n-propyl, n-butyl and n-amyl borate es well as the equilibrium constant for the reaction involved were determined. An analytical procedure was used whereby the concentration of unhydrolysed ester at any definite time interval could be measured. It was found that the methyl borate was completely hydrolysed in less than one minute. The n-propyl compound was hydrolysed completely in about 80 minutes, whereas about two hours were needed for the n-butyl and n-amyl borates.

The following equilibrium constants were founds methyl borate, 15.81; n-propyl borate, 2.695; n-butyl borate, 2.034 and n-amyl borate, 1.805.



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