University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (12): 2101022.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202101022

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Molisch's Reaction: Discovery, Mechanism and Application

Zhiyou Hao(), Hui Chen, Yangang Cao, Yanjun Sun, Hongwei Li, Xiaoke Zheng, Weisheng Feng()   

  • Received:2021-01-12 Accepted:2021-03-03 Published:2021-03-25
  • Contact: Zhiyou Hao,Weisheng Feng;


After the discovery in the year 1886, Molisch's reaction used to be applied as a powerful tool to differentiate carbohydrates and glycosides qualitatively from other materials. A brief review is given herein on the discovery, reaction mechanism and application of Molisch's reaction. Perspectives are also given on the potential applications of Molisch's reaction.

Key words: Molisch's reaction, Reaction mechanism, Application


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