Stirton, Robert I. Formerly, Roger Williams Technical and Economic Services, Inc., Berkeley, California.
Stiles, Martin Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky.
- Structure and nomenclature
- Uses and derivatives
- Naturally occurring phenols
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The simplest member of a class of organic compounds possessing a hydroxyl group attached to a benzene ring or to a more complex aromatic ring system. Phenol itself, C6H5OH, may also be called hydroxybenzene or carbolic acid. Pure phenol is a colorless solid melting at 42°C (108°F), moderately soluble in water, and weakly acidic (pK of 9.9).
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