Definition: What is Michael Addition?
Michael addition, also known as the Michael reaction, is one of the most well-known reactions in organic synthesis. It is a nucleophilic addition reaction. It is immensely useful for the formation of a carbon-carbon bond when a carbon nucleophile adds to an α, β-unsaturated carbonyl compound through a 1,4-addition mechanism. The product formed in the Michael addition reaction is called Michael adduct [1-4].
The history of this reaction goes back to 1887 when Arthur Michael of Tufts University first synthesized a product through this procedure.
Examples of Michael Addition 
Mechanism of Michael Addition [4-8]
Applications of Michael Addition
Michael addition is widely used to synthesize all kinds of natural products, drugs, and complex compounds with biological activities .
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