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Circular dichroism of the benzene group vibrations and molecular stereochemistry

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Circular dichroism (CD) in the vibrational transitions of three different series of molecules-namely, phenylcarbinols, carboxylic acids, and oxiranes-containing the benzene group is measured. It is found that a benzene-group vibration, where the hydrogen atoms in the meta and para positions vibrate in a concerted semicircular path, gives rise to CD that is consistent with the molecular stereochemistry. This observation provides a practical approach to the use of the benzene group as a probe of molecular chirality.

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Bose, P.K., Polavarapu, P.L. Circular dichroism of the benzene group vibrations and molecular stereochemistry. Struct Chem 1, 205–209 (1990).

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  • Hydrogen
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Benzene
  • Hydrogen Atom
  • Carboxylic Acid