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Benzene has sp2-hybridized carbon atoms and multiple bonds. However, unlike
ethylene, geometric isomerism is not possible in benzene. Explain.

Asked by vidyuti.varma 10th July 2016, 1:49 AM
Answered by Expert


Aromatic hydrocarbons are "conjugated" systems composed of planar sp2 hybridized carbon atoms linked in cyclic structures.

As a result conformational (rotational) and optical isomerism is not possible in these structures.

Also, since aromatic hydrocarbons are linked in cycles, geometric ("cis/trans") isomerism also is not possible

Answered by Expert 10th July 2016, 6:09 PM
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