Hello I had a few questions if anyone could help me out. I wanted to convert toluene into benzoic acid via side chain oxidation using potassium permanganate. However, I'm a little unsure of the mechanism. If I'm right, you convert toluene into benzyl alcohol using NaOH, and then from benzyl alcohol to benzoic acid via KMnO4 and HCl. However, how do these reactions take place? Also, is the haloform reaction (on acetophenone) better than the side chain oxidation at producing benzoic acid? My lab results tell me yes but the only thing I can come up with is that KMnO4 isn't a strong oxidizer. Thanks for your help!