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Phenols Test Kits

Phenols Test Kits

What is Phenol?

Phenol is a common organic chemical known by names including, benzenol, carbolic acid, phenolic acid, and hydoxybenzene (C6H5OH). It is the simplest chemical form of a group of similar organic chemicals called phenols or phenolics. Phenols are a type of aromatic chemical compound characterized by having one or more hydroxyl groups bonded to a phenyl group. Cresols, xylenols and catechols fall under this umbrella. Phenols occur in nature but can also be generated from industrial processes. Phenols were first produced from coal tars, however today they are derived from petroleum feedstocks. Phenol is used as a precursor for the production of many plastics, epoxies, detergents, and herbicides. Furthermore, it is the active ingredient found in pharmaceutical drugs, antiseptics, disinfectants, and preservatives.

Why test for Phenol in Water?

Since phenol is a common chemical used in manufacturing, its presence in water can be an indicator of industrial pollution. It can also persist in water for weeks. Phenol is of particular concern for drinking water as even low levels of phenol can affect color and odor, especially upon chlorination.

About our test kits

CHEMetrics visual test kits feature CHEMets® self-filling ampoules that contain pre-measured reagent for a single test. Simply snap the ampoule directly in a sample to draw in the correct volume of sample and then compare to the supplied color standards to find the concentration.

CHEMetrics also offers instrumental test kits featuring Vacu-vials® ampoule technology. Vacu-vials ampoules feature a 13mm diameter and utilize the same self-filling technology as CHEMets ampoules, so they are compatible with most photometers or spectrophotometers.

If you are testing high concentrations of phenols, dilution may be used to extend the range of our test kit. You can find more information on our Sample Dilution Instructions.

Click on a catalog number in the tables below for more information or to purchase a phenols test kit.

Visual Kits

Range MDL Method Kit Catalog No. Refill Catalog No.
0-1 & 0-12 ppm 0.05 ppm 4-Aminoantipyrine K-8012 R-8012
0-30 & 0-350 ppm 5 ppm 4-Aminoantipyrine K-8012D R-8012D

Instrumental Kits

Range Method Kit Catalog No.
0-8.00 ppm 4-Aminoantipyrine K-8003
0-20.0 ppm 4-Aminoantipyrine K-8023


The 4-Aminoantipyrine Method

References: APHA Standard Methods, 23rd ed., Method 5530 D-2010. ASTM D 1783-01, Phenolic Compounds in Water, Test Method B. USEPA Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes, Method 420.1 (1983).
CHEMetrics’ phenols test kits employ the well-established 4-aminoantipyrine (4-AAP) method. Phenolic compounds react with 4-AAP in alkaline solution in the presence of ferricyanide to produce a red reaction product. Phenol, meta-, and ortho-substituted phenols, and some para-substituted phenols, under proper pH conditions, are detected with this method. The method is applicable to the monitoring of phenolic compounds in wastewater. Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) phenol.