The Benzene Fingers, Part II: Let Your Fingers Do the Walking Through the Benzene Fingers
September 01, 2016
IR Spectral Interpretation Workshop
With the theoretical background of benzene analysis laid out in part 1 of this series, we now know what fundamental, overtone, and combination bands look like. Here, I show that the benzene fingers are a series of overtone and combination bands that can be used to distinguish substituted benzene rings from each other when other methods do not work. I review the benzene finger patterns for mono-, ortho-, meta-, and para- substituted benzene rings, and describe an easy mnemonic in which you use your fingers to help you remember the patterns.