CIE A Level Chemistry (9701) exams from 2022

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7.4.6 Reactions of Other Phenolic Compounds

Reactions of Other Phenolic Compounds

  • Phenolic compounds are those that contain a phenol functional group
  • An example of a phenolic compound is 1-naphthol


Hydroxy Compounds - 1-Naphthol, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

1-Naphthol is a phenolic compound

  • 1-Naphthol contains a phenol group attached to another benzene ring
  • Just like with phenol, the -OH group in 1-naphthol is also electron-donating and activates the benzene ring to electrophilic substitution reactions
  • The electrophiles are directed to the 2 and/or 4 positions
  • Substitution at the 6 position is not possible as there is no hydrogen atom on this carbon
    • This carbon is bonded to a carbon atom of the second benzene ring
  • 1-Naphthol and other phenolic compounds react in a similar way as phenol

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