Perkin reaction


Per·​kin reaction
variants or less commonly Perkin synthesis
: 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


after Sir William Henry Perkin †1907 English chemist

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“Perkin reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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