What is the exact mechanism of permanganate oxidation of side chain derivatives of benzene? Is it same for all functional groups? I want to know that in any situation I mean when side chain has only one benzylic hydrogen gives the carboxylic acid. Why does it occur?

  • $\begingroup$ I have changed the question. @Mithoron I wanted to know why exactly this is occurring. Even with one benzylic hydrogen, the product is same. Is there any definitive answer to my question? $\endgroup$ – Uday Feb 9 '18 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ Answer to original describes mechanism in general way. And does answer this. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Feb 9 '18 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ But I want more exact mechanism for my question. $\endgroup$ – Uday Feb 10 '18 at 14:34