A NEW METHOD OF SYNTHESIZING THE HIGHER PHENOLS

Treat B. Johnson, Willard W. Hodge
1913 Journal of the American Chemical Society  
In connection with some work, now in progress, on the antiseptic action of phenols it was necessary to obtain in quantity certain phenols containing long, aliphatic side chains, viz., the higher homologues of the cresols and corresponding derivatives of the dihydroxybenzenes. The €ower members of these types of aromatic compounds have been described. On the other hand, we have little knowledge of the higher homologues and no practical method is known by which they can be prepared easily.
more » ... ared easily. Regarding their antiseptic properties we have no knowledge. The primary object of the work described in this paper was to develop a new method of introducing alkyl groups into the benzene nucleus of monoand dihydric phenols. Ketones in general undergo reduction, under ordinary pressure, with formation of alcohols or pinacones. It has been shown, however, that they can be reduced directly to their corresponding hydrocarbons. The
doi:10.1021/ja02197a014 fatcat:btow2hfyhrab3e5cnst3kaxlce