A solvent for an industrial process requires the use of phenol or benzene. Both are about the same in effectiveness for the process, and of course, gloves will be used when handling either solvent. As an environmental safety officer for the company, which one would you recommend the use of and why? Also what set-up would you recommend to minimize exposure and risk?
Benzene (C6H6) is a non-polar solvent which is usually soluble in most of the organic solvents and has property to dissolve organic compound in it (like dissolves like).
On the other hand, phenol (C6H5OH) is polar and is soluble in water and has some acidic ...
This solution explains the choice of phenol to be the chosen solvent for an industrial process and justifies why.