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Phenol + FeCl3

  1. Sep 29, 2003 #1
    When phenol reacts with FeCl3, a violet complex will be formed. What is the name of the violet complex and what is the chemical equation for this reaction? I've tried to search it from the internet but I couldn't find the equation.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 29, 2003 #2
    FeCl3 + 3PhOH ----> Fe(O-Ph)3

    it's the iron chloride test for phenol groups :smile:.

    as for the name, i dunno off hand :wink:.
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