Perkin reaction

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of perkin reaction

after Sir William Henry Perkin †1907 English chemist


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