Diels-Alder reaction

Diels-Al·​der reaction | \ ˈdēlˈsäldə(r)-\

Definition of Diels-Alder 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)

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History and Etymology for Diels-Alder reaction

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

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