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Phenol + FeCl3help

  1. Apr 11, 2004 #1
    phenol + FeCl3..help!!

    :confused: :confused: please help me.... :frown:
    phenol gives a violet coloration when we add FeCl3, but will 4-methylphenol gives a violet coloration?!? :confused:
    n is it possible to distinguish 4-methylbenzoic acid from 4-methylphenol by adding FeCl3??? :confused:
    sorry for my poor english :tongue:
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2004
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  3. Apr 11, 2004 #2


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    The test is fairly specific for phenols, thus I'm thinking that the methyl phenol will also test positive; not all phenols test positive however. Yes, this test will distinguish between phenols and acids.

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  4. Apr 11, 2004 #3
    thx a lot.... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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