# Is it possible to get benzene from sodium benzoate?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

I want a small amount of benzene. Obviously it is not easily purchasable, but sodium benzoate is. I have heard one way is to dry distil sodium benzoate and sodium hydroxide, but the though of dealing with molten sodium hydroxide at such high temperatures sounds too dangerous. Is there any other alternative that could perhaps be performed with standard glassware, e.g. some route using electrolysis.

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epenguin
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I want a small amount of benzene. Obviously it is not easily purchasable,
:surprised. Not easily purchasable?

SteamKing
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