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Chemical Name Reactions

Chemists often refer to a particular type of reaction by name. Often, the reaction is given the names of the chemists who discovered, improved or promoted that particular reaction. Examples: Diels-Alder reaction, Claisen rearrangement, Sharpless epoxidation.

I have the name of a reaction; how do I find out what the chemical reaction is?

Some good starting points:

  • Merck Index: an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals -  the Organic Name Reactions section provides an alphabetical listing with reaction diagrams (chemical structures), a brief text description, and citations to major papers or review articles on the reaction.

  • Organic Name Reactions - contains information on the most important Name Reactions and keywords for the field of organic synthesis.

  • Advanced organic chemistry: reactions, mechanisms, and structure, Jerry March. (Main Library reference collection or course reserves, QD 251.2 .M371 1992. Look up the reaction name in the index to find a description & scheme, and citations to review article(s) on the reaction.  (print only)

  • Named Organic Reactions. Thomas Laue and Andreas Plagens.  (also in Main Library reference collection, QD 291 .L35 1998). Alphabetical arrangement with descriptions, schemes, examples, and citations to reviews and first articles on the reaction.

  • List of Organic Reactions  Wikipedia (caution, check sources) 
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