Synthesis of Aspirin

Lab Dress Required

Lab on Wednesday

On Wednesday, we will be performing a lab. Our goal will be to synthesize Asprin (Acetyl Salicylic Acid) from Salicylic Acid and Acetic Anhydride.

Lab Dress

Remember you to dress safely for lab, or you may not be able to participate and will lose points.


Wear long sleeves long enough to cover you arms, but not loose enough to droop into flames or chemicals.

Long hair should be work up.

No sandals or other shoes that do not cover the entire foot.

The most awesome power is the power to create something new.

What should I bring?

Yourself and your pre-lab already filled out.

Are any of the chemicals in this lab dangerous?

All chemicals can be dangerous in some situation. For this lab, we will be working with dilute acids and synthesizing Aspirin. A few people are allergic to aspirin or its precursor, salicylic acid, so please let the instructor know before starting lab.