Friedel–Crafts reaction

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

Definition of Friedel–Crafts reaction

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of friedel–crafts reaction

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

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