Explain the preparation of phenols.

The methods used for the preparation of phenols are given below:
    
From aryl sulphonic acids

Aryl sulphonic acids on fusion with NaOH at 573 K followed by acidification yield phenols.

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From aryl halides (Dow's process)

Phenol is obtained on a large scale by heating chlorobenzene with 10% NaOH solution at about 623 K and under a pressure of 300 atmospheres in the presence of copper catalyst.

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From diazonium salts


In the laboratory phenols are prepared hydrolysis of diazonium salts with water or dilute acids.

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By decarboxylation of sodium salt of saclicyclic acid

Phenol can also be obtained by the decarboxylation of sodium salicyclate with soda lime (an equimolar mixture of NaOH and CaO).
                           
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From Grignard's reagent


when oxygen is bubbled through the solution of phenylmagnesium bromide in ether, it forms an addition product which on acidification with dilute acid gives phenol.

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