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I have managed to get some of the way (I think):

I am particularly interested in the full mechanism i.e. all the curly arrows that take you from toluene right through to benzoic acid. enter image description here


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  • $\begingroup$ The answer to that question does not address the full, step-by-step mechanism. $\endgroup$ – ETS Mar 2 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if such a "full" mechanism exists. If it does, it's almost certainly radical, not some combination of pericyclic reactions. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Mar 2 at 16:26

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