Bonding in benzene

H C H C C H C C

H

6 electrons in a delocalised π bond H above and below the plane of the atoms

C

H

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Energy diagram
Enthalpy (kJ mol-1) + 3H2 + -3602H2 theoretical + H2 -120 -240 + valueH2 -120

-152 kJmol-1 delocalisation energy

+ 3H2

-208 real value

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References Steve Lewis for the Royal Society of Chemistry

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