Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers are another important class of organic compounds. By simply replacing the hydrogen atom in a hydrocarbon by -OH group, we get a new class of compounds (alcohols/phenols) which differ vastly in their physical properties and chemical reactions. These compounds find ubiquitous applications: from the sugar we eat, cotton we use in fabrics, paper, household products such as disinfectants to medicinal applications. In this chapter, we learn how alcohols, phenols and ethers are different from each other, their methods of preparation along with the various unique reactions they undergo.


This video has been prepared to address the curriculum requirements of 12th Class students. The concepts discussed will also find applications in several competitive examinations like JEE-Mains, NEET along with board examinations.


Revathi Ramachandran has completed her Masters in Advanced Chemical Analysis from IIT-Roorkee and bachelors from BITS Hyderabad. She has almost 2 years of teaching experience in Chemistry and has commendable research experiences from top research institutes in the country. She is also an Indian Academy of Science fellow and has research publications from reputed journals to her credit. At Tutorialspoint, she is managing chemistry content creation.