Friedel-Crafts reaction

Frie·​del-Crafts reaction | \ frē¦d|elˈkraf(t)s-, ¦freˌd| \

Definition of Friedel-Crafts reaction

: a synthetic reaction in organic chemistry in which anhydrous aluminum chloride acts as the typical catalyst: such as
a : the synthesis of a hydrocarbon (as ethylbenzene) by alkylation of an aromatic hydrocarbon with an alkyl halide
b : the synthesis of a ketone (as benzophenone) by acylation of an aromatic hydrocarbon with an acyl chloride or acid anhydride

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History and Etymology for Friedel-Crafts reaction

after Charles Friedel †1899 French chemist & James M. Crafts †1917 American chemist

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“Friedel-Crafts reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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