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The aldol reaction is a common method in organic synthesis of forming new carbon carbon bonds, via the reaction of an enolate (a carbon nucleophile) into a carbonyl group (a carbon electrophile).

The products of aldol reactions are β-hydroxyketones (though they may undergo elimination to form the unsaturated ketone under certain conditions), with up to two new stereo centres formed. This 1,3-oxygenation pattern is found throughout natural products, making aldol reactions a versatile reaction in total synthesis.

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Further reading:

Coverage of the aldol reaction can be found in any good organic chemistry textbook (see for suggestions). For more in-depth coverage, the following books should be consulted:

  • Mahrwald, R.; Modern Methods in Stereoselective Aldol Reactions; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2013.