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Meerwein’s Reagent

Et3OBF4 organic oxonium compound

  • Alkylating agent for nucleophilic functional groups in organic synthesis.
  • Triethyloxonium tetrafluoroborate is often called Meerwein's reagent after its discoverer Hans Meerwein.


  • H. Meerwein, G. Hinz, P. Hofmann, E. Kroning, and E. Pfeil (1937). “Über Tertiäre Oxoniumsalze, I”. Journal für Praktische Chemie 147 (10-12): 257.
  • Meerwein, H; Anderson, B. C.;Vogl, O. H.; McKusick, B. C. Organic Syntheses 1966,46, 113
  • H. Meerwein (1973), “Triethyloxonium fluoroborate”, Org. Synth.; Coll. Vol. 5: 1080
  • T. J. Curphey (1988), “Trimethyloxonium tetrafluoroborate”, Org. Synth.; Coll. Vol. 6: 1019

Hans Meerwein (May 20, 1879, Hamburg, Germany – October 24, 1965, Marburg, Germany) was a German chemist. His name is present in the names of several reactions and reagents, for example the Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction, the Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement and the Meerwein's salt.

  • Karl Dimroth (1967). “Hans Meerwein. 1879-1965”. Chemische Berichte 100 (1): LV–XCIV. doi:10.1002/cber.19671000143.
  • Hans Meerwein (1914). “Über den Reaktionsmechanismus der Umwandlung von Borneol in Camphen; [Dritte Mitteilung über Pinakolinumlagerungen.]”. Justus Liebig's Annalen der Chemie 405 (2): 129–175. doi:10.1002/jlac.19144050202.
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