The Griess, Sandmeyer, and Pschorr Reactions: Arenediazonium Ions and Copper (and Beer)
This Name Reaction Biography highlights the reactions named after Griess, Sandmeyer and Pschorr.
It is often said in jest that there appears to be a natural affinity between organic chemists and beer. This is even more apparent in two of the name reactions in this article. The aryldiazonium ions were discovered in 1858 by Johann Peter Griess, FRS, a German-born British brewer working for Samuel Allsop & Sons in Burton-on-Trent, and the Pschorr reaction is named for its discoverer, Robert Franz Pschorr, the fourth son of Georg Pschorr, Jr., the owner of the Hacker–Pschorr brewery in Munich. The third protagonist of the article is Trauhott Sandmeyer who reported the reported the conversion of arylamines to nitroarenes by means of copper(I) nitrite in 1887.
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