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Cumene is oxidised in the presence of air to give compound 'A' which upon treated with dilute acid gives compound 'B' along with acetone. What is the compound 'B'?

A
Benzene
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B
Phenol
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C
Ethyl phenyl ether
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D
Isopropyl phenyl ether
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Solution

The correct option is B Phenol
Cumene (isopropylbenzene) is oxidised in the presence of air to cumene hydroperoxide. It is converted to phenol and acetone by treating it with dilute acid.


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