What are delocalized electrons?

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Nov 19, 2014

Delocalized electrons are electrons in a molecule, ion or solid metal that are not associated with a single atom or one covalent bond.

Delocalized electrons are contained within an orbital that extends over several adjacent atoms.

Example: Benzene

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In the simple aromatic ring of benzene the delocalization of six π electrons over the C6 ring is often graphically indicated by a circle or dots.