Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction

noun Meer·wein-Ponn·dorf reaction \ ¦me(ə)rˌvīnˈpänˌdȯrf- \

Definition of Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction

:the reduction of an aldehyde or ketone to the corresponding alcohol by reaction with boiling isopropyl alcohol in the presence of aluminum isopropoxide — compare oppenauer oxidation

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Origin and Etymology of meerwein-ponndorf reaction

after Hans Meerwein and Wolfgang Ponndorf, 20th century German chemists


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