Hart, Harold Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Molecular orbital view
- Reactions of arenes
- Stability of benzene ring
- Arene rings and substituents
- Arenes with one benzenoid ring
- Arenes with linked benzene rings
- Fused rings
- Bent and deformed benzene rings
- Nonbenzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons
- Hückel rule
- Aromatic ions
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A hydrocarbon with a chemistry similar to that of benzene. Aromatic hydrocarbons are either benzenoid or nonbenzenoid. Benzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons contain one or more benzene rings and are by far the more common and the more important commercially. Nonbenzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons have carbon rings that are either smaller or larger than the six-membered benzene ring. Their importance arises mainly from a theoretical interest in understanding those structural features that impart the property of aromaticity.
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