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why does the side chain in a benzene ring not converted into benzoic acid if there is no hydrogen attached to the carbon attached to the benzene ring? ( oxidation using hot alk kmno4)

why does the side chain in a benzene ring not converted into benzoic acid if there is no hydrogen attached to the carbon attached to the benzene ring? ( oxidation using hot alk kmno4)

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Sunil Kumar FP
askIITians Faculty 183 Points
8 years ago
no satisfactory mechanism for this simply remember alpha hydrogen is must for conversion to benzoic acid otherwise no reaction
i think the mechanism processds via cyclic intermediate which requires the presence of alpha hydrogen for conversion to benzoic acid with the removal of side chain
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sunil kr
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