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Aromatic Chemistry

The simplest aromatic compound (arene) is BENZENE (C6H6). A benzene
molecule is usually represented as a hexagon surrounding a circle.

An AROMATIC COMPOUND is any compound with a benzene ring
An ARENE is an aromatic hydrocarbon containing one or more benzene rings…

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Benzene is a colourless liquid with a sweet odour. It is highly flammable and its natural sources
include volcanoes and forest fires. Benzene is a component of crude oil, petrol and cigarette

The major problem with benzene is that it is a carcinogen (cancer causing) molecule.

Structure of Benzene…

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C-C Bond Length in Benzene
The Kékulé structure of alternating single and double bonds was represented as a
symmetrical molecule. But C-C single bonds and C=C double bonds have different lengths.

X-Ray diffraction threw some light on the structure. It was found that all the C-C bond lengths in

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The real benzene structure is 152 kJ
mol-1 more stable than the Kékulé

This energy is known as the
delocalisation energy or resonance
energy of benzene.

Kékulé's structure was disproved:
Bond Length: Double bonds are shorter than single bonds, yet all bond lengths are the same in
benzene. The…

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6 electrons are delocalised in this system.
This means that each C-C has 3 electrons. 2 in the bond and 1 from the delocalised system.
This makes it slightly less electron rich than alkenes which means that they are not as good at
polarising electrophiles.
The bonding in benzene cannot…

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Benzene & Its Reactions
Benzene in toxic and carcinogenic so Methylbenzoate (or Methoxybenzene), a derivative of
benzene is used:

Methoxybenzene is slightly more reactive than benzene. The conditions involving benzene will be more severe.

SUBSTITUTION is a type of reaction where an atom or group of atoms is replaced with…

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Nitration of Benzene
The nitration of benzene is the first step in a historically important chain of reactions. These
lead to the formation of dyes, pharmaceuticals and explosives.

The reaction for the nitration of benzene is:
C6H6 + HNO3 C6H5NO2 + H2O

Reagents: concentrated nitric acid and concentrated…

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Halogenation of Benzene

The reaction for the Halogenation of benzene is:

C6H6 + X2 C6H5X + HX

Benzene will not react with bromine on its own. It requires the help of a type of catalyst called a
halogen carrier. These halogen carriers include:

FeCl3, FeBr3, AlCl3, AlBr3 (depending on…

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Function of Halogen Carrier (catalyst):
Benzene is more stable than alkenes which means that Cl2 is not a strong enough
Although benzene has delocalised electrons, it is not sufficiently electron rich to polarise
a chlorine molecule like an alkene
The halogen carrier increases the polarization of the Cl-Cl bond,…

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Further Substitution of Benzene
It is possible to substitute more than one functional group. But the functional group already
on the ring affects:
- How easily it can be done
- Where the next substituent goes



Methyl benzene used to be called Toluene. It has a methyl…



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