Perkin reaction

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

Definition of Perkin reaction

: 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)

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History and Etymology for Perkin reaction

after Sir William Henry Perkin †1907 English chemist

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“Perkin reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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