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Aldol Condensation

Common Conditions:

Base Catalyzed

Aldol condensation is typically done under basic conditions. Common conditions involve a hydroxide base (ex. NaOH or KOH) in EtOH/H2O or MeOH/H2O.[1]

Reaction Map:

The reaction map is intended to provide insight into possible reactions one step before and after the title reaction. It also serves as an alternative way to navigate the website, and as a means of coming up with retrosynthetic ideas. Click on the reaction arrow to visit the page.

For Ketone:    
For Aldehyde:  


1) Smith, M. B.; March's Advanced Organic Chemistry, 7th Edition