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The chemical compound benzene (C6H6) is a colorless, flammable, aromatic hydrocarbon, that is a known carcinogen. It boils at 80.1C and melts at 5.5C. Benzene has a heat of vaporization of 44.3 kJ/mol and a heat of fusion of 9.84 kJ/mol. Produced by hydrogen reduction of some allotropes of carbon, or from petroleum, it is used in the creation of drugs, plastics, gasoline, synthetic rubber, napalm and dyes.

 

[Benzene structure shown using the JMol Applet]

What is the Structure of Benzene?

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Click the right mouse button with the cursor over the image-->

Render --> Schemes --> CPK Spacefill

Click on the left mouse button and rotate the benzene structure.

Do you see the flat structure of the benzene molecule?

 

 



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