Ascorbic acid is the most well-known vitamin found in different types of food. It has tremendous medical applications in several different fields such as in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and in organic synthesis. Ascorbic acid can be
used as a substrate or mediator in organic synthesis. In this review, we report ascorbic acid-catalyzed reactions in organic
synthesis. Several examples are included in this review to demonstrate that ascorbic acid is a versatile catalyst for the synthesis of diverse organic compounds. Reactions catalyzed by ascorbic acid are performed in organic or aqueous media.
The readily available and easy handling features of ascorbic acid make these procedures highly fascinating.
Keywords: Ascorbic Acid, Catalyst, Organic Synthesis, Pharmaceuticals, medicine, Green Chemistry
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