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Symmetry, absorbtion and benzene

  1. Aug 11, 2008 #1
    Is it right that high symmetry molecules does not absorb light as good as low symmetry molecules? lets take an example like benzene versus benzene+hydroxyl?
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  3. Aug 12, 2008 #2


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    Depends on which atom or functional group you're are referring to ; if it's the same functional group I would imagine that a symmetric attachment would be less of an influence with an electric dipole .
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