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Using Group Theory to Solve Chemical Problems

by

Janet Anderson
Union College

May 9, 2011
4:30 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 at 4:15


Abstract:

The symmetry of molecules can be used to assign them to point groups, and the properties of the point group determine whether or not the molecule can absorb light of a given energy and what products are made in a chemical reaction. We will examine the infrared and Raman spectra of two isomers of dichloroethylene and the ring-opening reactions of cyclic molecules. Roald Hoffmann won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 jointly with Kenichi Kukui for their work examining the effects of orbital symmetry on chemical reactions.


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