Phenol

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Phenol is an organic compound with the molecular formula C6H5OH[1]. The structure is a benzene ring (molecular formula C6H6) with a hydroxyl group (-OH) directly attached to a carbon in the benzene ring[2]. Phenol may undergo chemical reactions with other molecules, for example with bromine Br2. It can be toxic in water and it's crystals are pink and white in colour[3]. It smells of disinfectant and will cause immediate white blistering if it comes into contact with skin[4].

References

  1. http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/phenol/background.html
  2. Jim Clark 2004, ChemguidefckLRAvailable at: http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/phenol/background.html#topfckLR18/10/15
  3. Deprez Philippe, Chapter 25 Textbook of Chemical Peels, First Editiom http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/9780203347416.028
  4. http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/phenol/background.html
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