Crossed Cannizzaro Reaction

Crossed Cannizzaro Reaction

This is the crossed Cannizzaro reaction.
This is the crossed Cannizzaro reaction. Todd Helmenstine

The crossed Cannizzaro reaction is a variant of the Cannizzaro reaction where formaldehyde is a reducing agent.

About the Cannizzaro Reaction

The Cannizzaro reaction is named for its discovered, Italian chemist Stanislao Cannizzaro. In the reaction, two molecules of aldehyde react to yield a carboxylic acid and a primary alcohol.


Cannizzaro, S. (1853). "Ueber den der Benzoësäure entsprechenden Alkohol" [On the alcohol corresponding to benzoic acid]. Liebigs Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie. 88: 129–130. doi:10.1002/jlac.18530880114