Talk:Benzoic acid

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Shouldn't the SMILES name have 'c' instead of 'C' because those carbons are armomatic?

New Page[edit]

I created a new page for Benzoic acid. With a little work and some help it will be good.

User:Stone/Benzoic acid

Suggestions and help is welcome!

Now its up to you to give me sugestions what is still needed or be changed. Even the pictures can easyly be changed! Stone 13:28, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

To help you, here are a few suggestions.

  • Don't use footnotes in the opening text. That text is just a summary of the article (and make it so).
  • Use real footnotes: e.g., see acetic acid how it is to be done (with ref templates)
  • always balance your markup, e.g. <sup> with </sup> and <sub> with </sub>

Just a few things I noticed will looking at the source text. Wim van Dorst (Talk) 18:58, 8 February 2006 (UTC).

Incorrect image label[edit]

Stone, Image:Benzoic acid-chemical-reaction-2.png has a minor error. The reaction of benzoic acid with PCl5 makes benzoyl chloride, not benzyl chloride. ~K 16:57, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

I mss smtimes a ltter whn I tpe a litle fater tan norl! I will upload a corrected version. Stone 19:57, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

I found the missing o and put it into the sceme!Stone 13:08, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

Lab Syn[edit]

Neither of the lab syn is done in reall! But the benzaldehyde is the source for unwanted benzoic acid. For more complicated aromatic acids all three methodes are used. Even the synthesis from the dichloride and the alcohl is used.--Stone 22:44, 14 April 2006 (UTC)


Some body suggested tp include the important role of benzoic acid in thermochemistry. I am no expert. This should decide somebody else. T. Loerting, K. R. Liedl (1998). "Toward Elimination of Discrepancies between Theory and Experiment: Double Proton Transfer in Dimers of Carboxylic Acids". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 120: 12595 –12600. doi:10.1021/ja9817390. --Stone 08:30, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

whitfields ointment[edit]

benzoic acid is an active ingredient in whitfields ointment for treating tinea ...


Under medical uses would it be appropriate to add that it is used in dental mouthwashes, such as listerine? I know it already mentions antiseptic uses.

Medicinal use in Urea cycle impairment[edit]


I would suggest to add, in the medicinal headline, the use of benzoate as a supplement in diet in cases of urea cycle impairment, especifically in cases of impairment in one of the two first enzymes of the cycle (carbamoyl phosphate synthetase and ornithine transcarbamoylase). Benzoate is used in these cases because it is activated to benzoyl CoA and then, reacting with glycine, it forms hippurate. Hippurate therefore contains the amino groups that need to be excreted and can be used as a terminal metabolite instead of urea. (sorry for my poor english) (Information from Stryer's Biochemistry, 4th edition)

Argininosuccinato (talk) 11:12, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

FEEDSTOCK SECTION (uses of benzoic acid)[edit]

The word "feedstock" is not universally understood (would "the food industry" be more suitable?)

Also, what does the creation of nylon have to do with feedstock?

Please remove this comment if I'm just missing something. Cheers, telewatho (talk) 23:23, 4 January 2010 (UTC)


The melting point is 122 °C (and not 129 °C), which is equal to 395 K. I corrected it. Let me know if you think I am wrong. SLeclerc (talk) 19:03, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

That matches what is reported in the MSDS linked from the infobox. Thanks for the correction. -- Ed (Edgar181) 00:34, 18 October 2010 (UTC)