Friedel-Crafts reaction

[free-del-krafts, -krahfts]
noun
  1. a reaction for the synthesis of hydrocarbons and ketones by the alkylation or acylation of an aromatic compound in the presence of a catalyst, typically anhydrous aluminum chloride.

Origin of Friedel-Crafts reaction

1895–1900; after French chemist Charles Friedel (1832–99) and U.S. chemist J. M. Crafts (1832–1917), its discoverers
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