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Hi everyone,


I was just wondering, because I did this experiment in which we had to oxidise 2-methoxyphenol to get vanillin. Use use nitrobenzene rather than any other common oxidising agent like potassium permanganate etc. I was wondering what that was? Could it be that oxidising agents like potassium permangante need to be acidified and this can dehydrate the hydroxy group on the 2-methoxyphenol and so we dont get the desired product?


I am just curiuos!. Your suggestions are appreciated!

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