Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction

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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History and Etymology for Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction

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

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“Meerwein-Ponndorf reaction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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