How does singlet oxygen work in pericyclics?

  1. Oct 22, 2013 #1
    and heres the diagram for the 1O2 dienophile:
    Its the 1E+g the one I'm interested in. I see that its single electrons are in a couple of degenerate pi orbitals. I'm having trouble figuring out what the LUMO is here. Does it even matter that I have 2 LUMOs? I kinda suspect, that would make it much more reactive since unpaired electrons are pretty unstable. Is this oxygen singlet species technically a diradical?
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  3. Oct 22, 2013 #2


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    The MO diagram for singlet oxygen from wikipedia is not quite correct insofar as it is not a pi_x or pi_y orbital which is doubly occupied in singlet oxygen but rather a ##\pi^*_\pm=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\pi^*_x\pm i\pi^*_y)## orbital.
    So let's say that the ##\pi^*_+## is doubly occupied, then the ##\pi^*_-## is the LUMO.
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