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Please outline a synthetic reaction scheme for the preparation of triphenylmethanol from:
1. Methyl benzoate
2. Diethyl carbonate

A large number of polycyclic benzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons are known. One of these, benz/a/pyrene, is a powerful carcinogen found in tobacco smoke. Draw the structure of this hydrocarbon. Can you suggest other sources where this material might be expected to be present?

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This solution outlines the reaction scheme of triphenylmethanol from two specific chemicals, as well as providing the structure of a specific hydrocarbon. Two diagrams are given to illustrate these reactions, and the answer is resolved by using these visual depictions and properties of certain chemicals/processes.

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For your first question, the answer will be the same for both starting materials. You need to run the reaction with a high concentration of your grignard reagent, phenylmagnesium bromide. You have to drive the reaction to get rid of the side products, of methanol ...

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