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Phenol acidity

  1. Nov 26, 2006 #1
    under what circumstances phenol forms phenolate with max yield
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  3. Nov 26, 2006 #2


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    High pH - it is a weak acid.
  4. Nov 28, 2006 #3
    I know it's a weak acid. I need to know circumstances of forming phenolate with max yield
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    High pH - add excess strong base.
  6. Nov 29, 2006 #5


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    I agree. If you are seeking extremes, you might want to add sodium hydride (a very strong base, not needed to prepare phenolate) instead of the commonly used sodium or potassium hydroxide in tetrahydrofuran under 10°C in a controlled manner.
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