Organic Chemistry

Structures and Nomenclature

What was the first organic chemical ever synthesized in a lab?

Urea. In 1828 Friedrich Wöhler was trying to make ammonium cyanate (NH4+CNO), but this salt turned out to be unstable. It reacted to form urea, demonstrating for the first time (arguable according to some) that an organic chemical could be made from inorganic starting materials.



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