Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Cyclic Molecules: A Study of Benzene and Thiophene

  • M. Gauthier
  • J. C. Chervin
  • Ph. Pruzan
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 286)


It has been shown that pressure induces irreversible transformation of cyclic molecules such as benzene and thiophene. Investigations were carried out using various techniques such as Raman scattering, Infrared absorption, Brillouin scattering, refractive index determination and visual observations. We use crystallographic considerations to propose a first step for the reaction path of these transitions.


Recovered Sample Cyclic Molecule Refractive Index Match Recovered Product Polarize Raman Spectrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gauthier
    • 1
  • J. C. Chervin
    • 1
  • Ph. Pruzan
    • 1
  1. 1.Physique des Milieux Condensés, CNRS URA 782Université Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cedex 05France

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