Spectral bands

Anomalies in the spectra of this archetypal fragment of graphene or graphite could lead to new insights into astrochemistry and the development of more down to earth materials for future nanoelectronics. Petar Todorov and Leonardus Jenneskens of the Chemical Biology and Organic Chemistry department at Utrecht University, in The Netherlands working with colleague Joop van Lenthe in the Theoretical Chemistry Group have investigated coronene's infrared and Raman spectra and suggest that this nominally flat molecule deviates from the planar in such a way as to produce phantom bands in its spectra.