Toluene: Benzaldehyde is obtained from oxidation of toluene by chromyl chloride CrO2Cl2. This reaction is called Etard’s Reaction.
C6H5CH3 + 2CrO2Cl2 → C6H5CH(OCrOHCl2)2 → C6H5CHO
Benzaldehyde is also obtained by oxidation of acidic solution of toluene’s manganese dioxide(MnO₂). In the presence of vanadium pentoxide(V₂O₅) at 350°C, oxidation of toluene by air oxygen also yields benzaldehyde.
2C6H5CH2Cl + Pb(NO3)2 → 2C6H5CHO + PbCl2 + 2HNO2
To make benzaldehyde in the laboratory, take 10 grams of benzene chloride, 8 gram lead nitrate and about 50 ml of water in a round flask. Attaches a reflux condenser to the flask. CO2 gas flows into the flask. So that the atmosphere of CO2 remains in the flask.
Heats the flask for about 6 hours in this condition. The mixture is then cooled and extracted by ether. Benzaldehyde enters the ether layer. Separating the ether layer and adding a saturated solution of sodium bisulfite(NaHSO3) to it.
Benzoic acid to benzaldehyde
Preparation of Benzaldehyde.
Crystals of benzaldehyde sodium bisulfite are obtained. They are filtered and dried. Benzaldehyde is released upon heating these crystals with sulfuric acid. It is extracted by ether. Distill the ether solution and separate the ether. After benign distillation of the remaining fluid, pure benzaldehyde is obtained at 179°C.
C6H5CHCl2 → C6H5CH(OH)2 → C6H5CHO
C6H5CH2OH + O → C6H5CHO + H2O
Benzaldehyde is also obtained when the vapors of benzene alcohol are precipitated at 300°C heated copper.
C6H5COCl + H2 → C6H5CHO + HCl
C6H6 + CO → C6H5CHO + HCl
- Benzaldehyde is a colorless liquid. Its boiling point is 179°C.
- It smells like bitter almonds.
- It is less soluble in water and more soluble in alcohol and ether.
Reduction: The reduction of benzaldehyde by H2 and Ni, Na-Hg and water, Na-Hg and alcohol, LiAlH4 or NaBH4 gives benzene alcohol.
C6H5CHO + 2H → C6H5CH2OH
Toluene is formed when zinc mercury is reduced by amalgam and concentrated HCl. This reaction is called clemmensen reduction reaction.
C6H5CHO + 4H → C6H5CH3 + H2O
Addition of Hydrogen cyanide: Reaction with Hydrogen cyanide gives Benzaldehyde Cyanohydrin additive product.
Addition of sodium bisulfite: It reacts with sodium bisulfite(NaHSO3) to give a additive product[benzaldehyde sodium bisulfite(C7H7NaO4S)].
C6H5CHO + 4H → C6H5CH3 + H2O
Reaction with grignard reagents: It reacts with grignard reagents to form additive which forms secondary alcohol upon water decomposition.
C6H5CHO + NH2OH → C6H5CH = NOH + H2O
C6H5CHO + NH2NH2 → C6H5CH = N – NH2 + H2O
Reaction with phosphorus penta chloride: The reaction of benzaldehyde from phosphorus penta chloride(PCl5) forms benzal chloride(C6H5CHCl2).
C6H5CHO + PCl5 → C6H5CHCl2 + POCl3
C6H5CHO + O → C6H5COOH
C6H5CHO + Ag2O → C6H5COOH + 2Ag
It is not oxidized by the fahling solution.
3C6H5CHO + 2NH3 → (C6H5CH = N)2CHC6H5 + 3H2O
Reaction with primary amines: benzaldehyde reacts with primary alifatic and aromatic amines to form imines with common names, also called schiffes bases.
C6H5CHO + C6H5NH2 → C6H5 – CH = N – C6H5 + H2O
Reaction with alcohols: In the presence of dry hydrogen chloride gas, it reacts with alcohols to form acetal.
Mixed aldol condensation: α–hydrogen atom is not present in benzaldehyde. Hence it does not exhibit aldol condensation.
This condensation forms aldehyde or ketone by reacting in the presence of dilute alkali with another α–hydrogen containing aldehyde or ketone. This reaction is called mixed aldol condensation. This reaction is also called claisen reaction or Claisen – Schmidt condensation.
Cannizaro Reactions: a α–hydrogen is not present in benzaldehyde. Hence, it exhibits cannizaro reactions. By heating it with concentrated NaOH or KOH, benzene alcohol and sodium benzoate are obtained.
2 C6H5CHO + NaOH → C6H5CH2OH + C6H5COONa
Benzaldehyde Cannizzaro Reaction
Cannizzaro’s Reaction|| Reaction Mechanism || Internal and Cross Cannizzaro’s Reaction || 𝜶 hydrogen
C6H5CHO + (CH3CO)2O → C6H5CH = CHCOOH + CH3COOH
Benzoin condensation: Benzoaldehyde is obtained by reacting with an alcohol solution of NaCN or KCN. This reaction is called Benzoin condensation.
2 C6H5CHO → C6H5 – CH(OH) – CO – C6H5
Reaction with halogens: In the absence of catalyst, it reacts with chlorine to form benzoyl chloride.
C6H5CHO + Cl2 → C6H5COCl + HCl
It reacts with halogens in the presence of a halogen carrier to form a meta substitution product.
Nitration: This forms meta nitro benzaldehyde when heated with concentrated HNO3 and concentrated H2SO4.
Sulphonation: This meta benzaldehyde makes sulphonic acid when heated with gentle sulfuric acid.
Benz aldehyde is used in the manufacture of aromatic substances, in the manufacture of dyes, and in the synthesis of other carbonic compounds.
- The smell of benzaldehyde is bitter almond-like.
- It gives the following general tests of the aldehyde group.
- schiffs test: pink color is obtained by adding schiffs reagent.
- tollens’ Tests: On heating it with ammonium silver nitrate solution ie tollens’ reagent, a silver mirror is obtained.
- It also gives positive results in 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine test and NaHSO3 test. But it does not give the test of fehling solution because It does not contain α-hydrogen.