Allan–Robinson reaction

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The Allan–Robinson reaction is the chemical reaction of o-hydroxyaryl ketones with aromatic anhydrides to form flavones (or isoflavones).[1][2][3][4]

If aliphatic anhydrides are used, coumarins can also be formed. (See Kostanecki acylation)


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  1. ^ Allan, J.; Robinson, R. J. Chem. Soc. 1924, 125, 2192.
  2. ^ Dyke, S. F.; Ollis, W. D.; Sainsbury, M. J. Org. Chem. 1961, 26, 2453. (doi:10.1021/jo01351a072)
  3. ^ Wheller, T. S. (1952). "Flavone". Organic Syntheses. 32: 72. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.032.0072. 
  4. ^ Jie Jack Li (2009). Name Reactions. A Collection of Detailed Reaction Mechanisms 4th Edition. Berlin, De: Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-01052-1. 

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