Organic Chemistry

Structures and Nomenclature

When was the term “aromatic” first seen?

It was first seen in a chemistry publication in 1855. The paper was written by August Wilhelm von Hofmann, but he gives no indication why he chose this term. It’s an unusual case since only a few aromatic compounds are actually smelly, while many nonaromatic compounds in chemistry labs do truly stink.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Chemistry Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App