Does Cannizzaro Reaction Occur Simultaneously During Benzoin Condensation?
Unfortunately, the Cannizzaro reaction does not always occur simultaneously during benzoin condensation. This process is generally triggered by aldehydes and ketones that are present in fragrances, creating an undesirable odor and color change.
The Cannizzaro reaction occurs when two aldehydes react with one another to form a new compound. This process is often called the “Cannizzaro condensation” and it is responsible for many of the characteristic odor and color properties of benzoin resin. The reaction typically happens in the presence of water, heat, or light, but can also occur during benzoin condensation.
Benzoin resin is often used as a fixative in perfumes because its scent become more intense over time due to the Cannizzaro reaction.