The phenyl ester of salicylic acid, phenyl salicylate, is also a useful pharmaceutical. But phenol does not react with salicylic acid directly. Suggest a possible method to accomplish the synthesis of phenyl salicylate.
This question has been included in with an aspirin lab, which is produced by esterification (a hydrocarbon alkyl and a carboxylic acid) so I would assume it is produced by esterification, however, the question states that they do not react directly.
The Attempt at a Solution
I have tried researching phenyl salicylate, however everything I find is quite short or irrelevant to what the question is asking. I'm wondering if a catalyst being used would solve the problem, or if instead of trying to react phenol, another phenyl compound is used. I'm not certain if there is a specific phenyl compound that I should suggest, or if answering that a phenyl compund should be used instead of phenol.
If anyone knows more on te subject, it would be very much appreciated!