# Are we wrong about Bakelite formation mechanism?

In the reaction of phenol with acetyl chloride the oxygen of the phenol attacks the acetyl chloride. In Bakelite formation we know that pi electrons attack the carbonyl carbon of formaldehyde.My question is shouldn't the oxygen atom of phenol attack the formalaldehyde just as in the reaction of phenol with acetyl chloride?

• I'm having a little trouble understanding what you're trying to ask. Could you try separating this into two sentences? I'd do it, but I don't want to misinterpret. – ringo Feb 16 '16 at 6:14

1. C-acylation : acylating agent (acyl chloride or anhydride) and $\ce{AlCl3}$