Diels-Alder reaction


Diels-Al·​der reaction
: an addition reaction in which a diene unites with the double or triple bond of an unsaturated compound to form a 6-membered ring (as in tetrahydro-phthalic anhydride)

Word History


after Otto Diels †1954 & Kurt Alder †1958 German chemists

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“Diels-Alder reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Diels-Alder%20reaction. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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