Strain (chemistry)

Strain (chemistry)

In chemistry a molecule experiences strain when in a chemical conformation there exist unfavorable bond angles or bond distances. Strain energy is released when the molecule can relax to a conformation with less strain or when the molecule interacts in a suitable chemical reaction.

Several types of strain exist:
* Angle strain
* Torsional strain
* van der Waals strain

ee also

* Strain (materials science)

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