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Benzoic acid

Benzoic acid

Benzoic acid is an organic compound which is described by the chemical formula C6H5COOH




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Benzoic acid is an organic compound which is described by the chemical formula C6H5COOH. It consists of a carboxyl group attached to a benzene ring. Therefore, benzoic acid is said to be an aromatic carboxylic acid. This compound exists as a crystalline, colourless solid under normal conditions. The term ‘benzoate’ refers to the esters and salts of C6H5COOH. The commercial production of benzoic acid is done via the partial oxidation of toluene with oxygen, catalyzed by manganese or cobalt naphthenates. This chemical reaction is illustrated below. Uses of Benzoic Acid Some important uses of C6H5COOH are listed below. The production of phenol involves the use of benzoic acid. This compound is used in ointments that prevent or treat fungal skin diseases. C6H5COOH is used as a preservative in the food industry. Benzoic acid is an ingredient in many cosmetic products, such as lipsticks. It is also a precursor to benzoyl chloride, which finds its application in making other chemicals, dyes, perfumes, herbicides and medicines. One of the components of toothpaste, mouthwash, and face wash creams is C6H5 This compound is also used in the manufacture of dyes and in insect repellants.

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