Reactions of Benzene and Aromatic Compounds: A Reaction Map (PDF)
Let’s map out all of the reactions we’ve learned in this section on aromatic rings + substituents. The list comes to about 25, including
- the six key electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions,
- the Wolff-Kishner and Clemmensen reductions of ketones
- reduction of nitro groups, the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation, and protection of amines
- sidechain oxidation
Also included is a few reactions we actually haven’t covered yet – such as diazonium salt formation and Sandmeyer reactions. These are often covered in the chapter on amines, but they’re going in here regardless because they certainly can come in handy.
Not included are the Heck, Suzuki and other cross-coupling reactions, which you can read about here.
The map also makes reference to a previous sheet on alkyl halides:
The previous post in this series of Reaction Maps, on alcohols:
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