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Oxidation of Phenols to Benzoquinones

ChemieOrganische ChemieOxidationsreaktionen

This learning unit explains the mechanism of the oxidation of phenols to benzoquinones. Various applications of this redox system are shown.


  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges
  • Dr. Torsten Winkler


  • Dr. Guenter Grethe

Learning objective

  • Mechanismus of the oxidation of phenols
  • Application in Quinonehydrine electrodes and as photographic developer

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

Oxidation, Phenol