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Want to refresh your memory on named chemical reactions before an exam or a group meeting? Get all the details with ReactionFlash as a great way to learn named reactions, understand their mechanisms and view examples published in peer-reviewed literature.

Designed and developed in consultation with Professor Dr. Erick M. Carreira of ETH Zürich, the app covers over 750 hundred named chemistry reactions. Professor Carreira has helped ensure that we have all the fundamental reactions that should be part of every chemist’s toolkit: from the best-known ones to the ones only Nobel Prize winners remember!

The app is designed like a set of flash cards so it can be used as a learning tool as well as a reference. Each ‘card’ shows the reaction, its mechanism and examples from peer-reviewed, published literature. It also has a quiz mode that lets you test your knowledge.

Linking into Reaxys enables you to find the most recent examples of each reaction, many with experimental details. Reaxys delivers experimental facts from the literature, enabling researchers to find the best synthetic routes and conditions. Find out more at https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/reaxys

Download the app now and see if you know all the named reactions!

- Learn named reactions
- Review and understand mechanisms
- Explore examples published in peer-reviewed literature
- Take the ReactionFlash quiz and see how much you know

If you need support, please contact us at reactionflash@elsevier.com.

Reaxys and ReactionFlash are trade marks of Elsevier Life Sciences IP Ltd, used under license.

What's New

Version 2.8

You now have the possibility to press and hold on a reaction text to copy it. This allows you to paste such text into a translation application, a functionality introduced especially for users who are not so familiar with English.
We also extended the content to 750+ Named Chemical Reactions with many mechanism which were developed in collaboration with Prof Carreira's team.
We particularly focused on adding Named Reactions which were suggested by you or your peers. Please continue to suggest enhancements and Named Reactions we should add in a next release.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Science accessible as it should be


App is easy to use and understand, well developed and it is FREE. Its a nifty little study guide in my phone, and it saves me a ton of time in the lab. I like that it includes the mechanisms, examples and quizzes too. Very helpful, thank you for making this!

A suggestion: Hinsberg test for amines 👍🏼

Developer Response

Hello Mary
Thank you very much for your comment and thank you for your suggestion. We very much appreciate.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestion at reactionflash@elsevier.com Kind regards Pieder - for the ReactionFlash Team

Great compendium of named reactions


Great for people who took organic chemistry 3+ years ago and are now struggling in grad school because they don't remember basic reactions, but don't need to sift through all the basic organic chemistry material either.

Well made, concise, has the mechanism and usage.

For future versions, doesn't need to be geared so much as a flashcard system as opposed to a straight reference.

Great tool for all chemists


From an undergraduate to a professor, this is a great app with full mechanisms and examples from published work, quizzes are also a great help too. Good for learning and refreshing existing knowledge. I had one app issue and it was resolved quickly, support as very helpful. Worth the money for the full version.


Elsevier Life Sciences IP Ltd.
64 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Elsevier Life Sciences IP Ltd


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