Knoevenagel reaction


Knoe·​ve·​na·​gel reaction
variants or Knoevenagel condensation
: an aldol-type condensation catalyzed by amines that takes place between an aldehyde or ketone and a compound containing an active methylene group (as in esters of acetoacetic acid, malonic acid, or cyanoacetic acid)

Word History


after Emil Knoevenagel †1921 German chemist

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“Knoevenagel reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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