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Kekulé’s vibration: A modern example of its use.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Following the discussion here of Kekulé’s suggestion of what we now call a vibrational mode (and which in fact now bears his name), I thought I might apply the concept to a recent molecule known as [2.2]paracyclophane. The idea was sparked by Steve Bachrach’s latest post, where the “zero-point” structure of the molecule has recently been clarified as having D2 symmetry.[1]



  1. H. Wolf, D. Leusser, M. Jørgensen, R. Herbst‐Irmer, Y. Chen, E. Scheidt, W. Scherer, B.B. Iversen, and D. Stalke, "Phase Transition of [2,2]‐Paracyclophane – An End to an Apparently Endless Story", Chemistry – A European Journal, vol. 20, pp. 7048-7053, 2014.