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Cannizzaro Reaction

ChemieOrganische ChemieReduktionsreaktionen

This learning unit introduces the disproportionation of aldehydes known as the Cannizzaro reaction. The crossed Cannizzaro reaction and the industrial applications of this reaction are also explained.


  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges
  • Dr. Torsten Winkler


  • Dr. Guenter Grethe

Learning objective

  • Mechanism of the Cannizzaro reaction
  • Crossed Cannizzaro reaction
  • Applications in industry

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

disproportionation, redox reaction, carboxylic acid, Aldehyde, reduction