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Category: Reactions and Processes
Question: Are there any commercial routes to phenol other than the traditional reaction using cumene?
Keywords: v1i3,phenol,benzene,reaction,alternative,path,pathways,nitrous,oxide,solutia,route,routes
Answer: Solutia Inc. reported the construction of a plant in Pensacola, FL that utilizes a one-step catalytic oxidation of benzene with nitrous oxide. Solutia claims that this pathway significantly reduces aqueous waste and does not produce acetone as a by-product.