Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Cannizarro Reaction

Description: The Cannizarro reaction is a “disproportionation” reaction between two equivalents of an aldehyde, resulting in a carboxylic acid and an alcohol. One equivalent of aldehyde is oxidized, and the other is reduced.

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Real-Life Examples:

Org. Synth. 1922, 2, 5

DOI Link:10.15227/orgsyn.002.0005

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Org. Synth. 1926, 6, 44

DOI Link:10.15227/orgsyn.006.0044

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2 thoughts on “Cannizarro Reaction

  1. In my humble undergraduate experience, the Hydrogen that must not be present (so that an enol cannot form) is said to be on the “alpha” carbon, rather than the “beta” carbon (in second paragraph of Notes). Did you mean alpha carbon, or is the notation interchangeable?

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