A. M. Zaitsev: Lasting Contributions of a Synthetic Virtuoso a Century after his Death



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A lasting legacy: A. M. Zaitsev (1841–1910) was a professor at Kazan University in Russia and discovered the sulfoxides and sulfonium salts. He synthesized the first lactone, expanded the synthesis of alcohols using alkylzinc nucleophiles, and carried out the first oxidation of an alkene with potassium permanganate. His students included three important organic chemists of the next generation: Wagner, Reformatskii, and Arbuzov.