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By James Ashenhurst

Synthesis (7): Reaction Map of Benzene and Related Aromatic Compounds

Last updated: May 21st, 2019

Reactions of Aromatic Compounds: A Reaction Map

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, reduction of nitro groups, the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation, sidechain oxidation, desulfonylation, and amine protection.

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.

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The map also makes reference to a previous sheet on alkyl halides:

Synthesis (3): Reactions of Alkyl Halides

The previous post in this series of Reaction Maps, on alcohols:

Synthesis (6): Reactions of Alcohols

Questions, comments, suggestions – I’m all ears, leave a comment.

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2 thoughts on “Synthesis (7): Reaction Map of Benzene and Related Aromatic Compounds

  1. Thank you for this summary!
    I’m currently brushing up on my last years organic chemistry lectures.

    I’ve found a mistake – the Link for Synthesis(6) should tell “Reactions of Alcohols”.

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