How do you convert Benzaldehyde to Benzophenone?

To convert benzaldehyde to benzophenone following steps are carried

Step 1: Converting benzaldehyde to benzoic acid

When benzaldehyde is oxidized in the presence of acidified potassium permanganate, it results in the formation of benzoic acid.

Step 2: Converting benzoic acid to benzene

When benzoic acid is reacted with soda lime (mixture of NaOH and CaO) with heat, it results in the formation of benzene.

Step 3: Converting benzene to benzophenone

When benzene is treated with benzoyl chloride in the presence of, it leads to the formation of benzophenone. This reaction is known as Friedel-Craft acylation.

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