Perkin reaction

noun

Per·​kin reaction
variants or less commonly Perkin synthesis
ˈpərkə̇n-
: a reaction for making an unsaturated aromatic acid (as cinnamic acid) by heating an aromatic aldehyde with an acid anhydride (as acetic anhydride) in the presence of a base (as sodium acetate or potassium carbonate)

Word History

Etymology

after Sir William Henry Perkin †1907 English chemist

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“Perkin reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Perkin%20reaction. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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