Does anyone know anything about the cannizaro reaction? We had to do one in lab, only we never covered the reaction in lecture, and it's not in the textbook, and lucky me, i get to write a discussion on it without knowing anything about it. all i know is i had a (please don't laugh at my pathetic attempts of nomenclature) chlorobenzoaldehyde? chlorobenzene carboxylic acid? it's CH=O with a chlorobenzene group attached to the C. and it underwent a cannizaro reaction and i got 2 products. i have to say what the two products are, but i do not know a thing about this cannizaro reaction, unless it's a regular reaction that just has a fancy name.