Named organic reactions and chemical reagents

One of the main difficulties when studying Organic Chemistry, is the large number of organic reactions described in the literature. However, some of the most relevant reactions in organic chemistry are named after their discoverers.

Therefore, some of these reactions are detailed in this section. In addition, they have been grouped according to the type of mechanism that occurs in such reaction:

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (SEAr)Aliphatic Electrophilic Substitution
Aromatic Nucleophilic Substitution (SNAr)Aliphatic Nucleophilic Substitution
Radical SubstitutionElimination
RearrangementAddition to Carbon-Carbon (C-C) multiple bonds
Addition to multiple Carbon-Heteroatom (C-X) bondsOxidation and Reduction
DegradationMulti-step synthesis with several mechanisms


The following table provides a representative list of the most famous named organic chemistry reactions in alphabetical order:

Named chemical reagents

There are a number of reagents that are frequently used in chemistry, which are also named after their discoverer. Thus, in the following link you can find a list of the most common ones.