# Reaction of phenol with Zinc dust

I have seen this reaction many times:

$\text {Phenol}+\text{Zn}\ce {->}\text{Benzene}+\text{ZnO}$

But what is the mechanism?! Tried a lot but couldn't cook up one...

Thanks for any help...

• How about a reference. I see folks using it on SE but I have not found it in the primary literature. – user55119 Jan 25 '18 at 18:33