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Two Reaction Types
These are very important reactions because they make new carbon-carbon bonds to aromatic rings. The two types of reaction are alkylation and acylations.

Professor Charles Friedel was a French chemist who discovered these reactions in 1877. He later became Professor of organic Chemistry at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Professor James Crafts was an American, younger than Friedel, who assisted in the development of the reactions. He worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The products of Friedel-Crafts reactions are key intermediates in the manufacture of a wide range of materials.