Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction

noun

Meer·​wein-Ponn·​dorf reaction
¦me(ə)rˌvīnˈpänˌdȯrf-
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Meerwein-Ponndorf%20reaction. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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