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Skeletal formula of 1,2-dioxin
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Systematic IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 84.07 g·mol−1
Related compounds
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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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1,2-Dioxin is a heterocyclic, organic, antiaromatic compound with the chemical formula C4H4O2. It is an isomeric form of 1,4-dioxin (or p-dioxin).

Due to its peroxide-like characteristics, 1,2-dioxin is very unstable and has not been isolated. Even substituted derivatives are very labile, e.g. 1,4-diphenyl-2,3-benzodioxin.[2] Indeed, in 1990, 3,6-bis(p-tolyl)-1,2-dioxin was wrongly accounted as the first stable derivative.[3] It was subsequently shown that the initial compound was not a derivative of 1,2-dioxin, but a thermodynamically more stable dione.[4]


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  3. ^ Shine, Henry J.; Zhao, Da Chuan (1990). "Electron transfer to excited doublet states. Photoirradiation of 10-methylphenothiazine cation radical perchlorate in solutions of phenylacetylene and p-tolylacetylene in acetonitrile". The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 55 (13): 4086. doi:10.1021/jo00300a026..
  4. ^ Block, Eric; Shan, Zhixing; Glass, Richard S.; Fabian, Jürgen (2003). "Revised Structure of a Purported 1,2-Dioxin: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study". The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 68 (10): 4108. doi:10.1021/jo034305i. PMID 12737603.