Wöhler synthesis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

August 28, 2016


The Wöhler synthesis is the conversion of ammonium cyanate into urea.[1] This chemical reaction was discovered in 1828 by Friedrich Wöhler in an attempt to synthesize ammonium cyanate. It is considered the starting point of modern organic chemistry. Although the Wöhler reaction concerns the conversion of ammonium cyanate, this salt appears only as an (unstable) intermediate.