pi orbitals

The Pi Molecular Orbitals of Benzene

The Pi Molecular Orbitals of Benzene

May 5, 2017

Today, let’s go through how to draw out the molecular orbitals of benzene. We’ll compare them with the molecular orbitals for (linear) hexatriene. The big takeaway is that from contrasting the molecular o…

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Molecular Orbital Diagram For A Simple Pi Bond – Bonding And Antibonding

Molecular Orbital Diagram For A Simple Pi Bond – Bonding And Antibonding

February 14, 2017

In the previous post in this series, “On Conjugation and Resonance“, I warned that in order to gain a deeper understanding of some of the concepts ahead, we’re going to need to go into MO theory. Bu…

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Introduction To UV-Vis Spectroscopy

September 16, 2016

In today’s post we’ll discuss why most molecules are colourless, introduce the useful technique of UV-visible spectroscopy, and finally explain why molecules like chlorophyll and β-carotene are coloured.…

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