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Benzoic acid from benzyl alcohol?

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    What is the equation for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol to form benzoic acid? My teacher has given an incomplete equation on the answer sheet

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    (Original post by Nerdatious)
    What is the equation for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol to form benzoic acid? My teacher has given an incomplete equation on the answer sheet

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    Does your exam board wants an answer in terms of [O], which represents oxidation in an equation OR do you need to write permanganate ions?
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    (Original post by Zishi)
    Does your exam board wants an answer in terms of [O], which represents oxidation in an equation OR do you need to write permanganate ions?
    In terms of [O] please!
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    (Original post by Nerdatious)
    In terms of [O] please!
    Alright, C6H5CH2OH + 2[O] → C6H5COOH + H2O
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    (Original post by Zishi)
    Alright, C6H5CH2OH + 2[O] → C6H5COOH + H2O
    Thank you! I thought it had 2[O] as is the case with oxidising aliphatic alcohols but my teacher had just put the one so I thought that they had made a mistake!

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    (Original post by Nerdatious)
    Thank you! I thought it had 2[O] as is the case with oxidising aliphatic alcohols but my teacher had just put the one so I thought that they had made a mistake!

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    The first equivalent of oxidising agent turns it into benzaldehyde, which then forms the hydrate in the presence of water, which is then oxidised to the acid.
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    we can understand that benzyl alcohol will be a primary alcohol so therefore you will use reflux and H2SO4 to form an carboylic acid.
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    (Original post by kurdishboy94)
    we can understand that benzyl alcohol will be a primary alcohol so therefore you will use reflux and H2SO4 to form an carboylic acid.
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    Primary alcohol ----> Carboxylic acid: K2Cr2O7 + dilute H2SO4 + reflux

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