Structural Chemistry

, Volume 1, Issue 2–3, pp 205–209 | Cite as

Circular dichroism of the benzene group vibrations and molecular stereochemistry

  • Pranati K. Bose
  • Prasad L. Polavarapu


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.


Hydrogen Physical Chemistry Benzene Hydrogen Atom Carboxylic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pranati K. Bose
    • 1
  • Prasad L. Polavarapu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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