# Does aniline breakdown in groundwater produce benzene

Can the benzene ring attached to aniline be detached in an aqueous solution (specifically groundwater) under certain conditions? Would the two compounds be detected as separate entities in a laboratory analysis?

• You can turn aniline back into benzene but that requires a few steps and usually loses the amino group altogether. Since benzene and aniline are two separate compounds, what makes you think that they would not be detected separately? – Jan Oct 20 '15 at 20:13
• In aniline there's no benzene, but phenyl group and amino group, which can't be simply separated. – Mithoron Oct 20 '15 at 20:43
• Simplest way to convert aniline to benzene is $\ce{NaNO2}/\ce{HCl}$ followed by $\ce{H3PO2}$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diazonium_compound – orthocresol Oct 20 '15 at 22:31