Zethrene (dibenzo[de,mn]naphthacene) is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of two phenalene units fused together. According to Clar's rule, the two exterior naphthalene units are truly aromatic and the two central double bonds are not aromatic at all. For this reason the compound is of some interest to academic research. Zethrene has a deep-red color and it is and light sensitive - complete decomposition under a sunlight lamp occurs within 12 hours. The melting point is 262 °C.
X-ray crystallography indicates that zethrene is a planar molecule. The bond lengths in the central part of the molecule are consistent with distinct single and double bonds rather than aromatic components.
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