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How many unpaired electrons are present in superoxide ion?

How many unpaired electrons are present in superoxide ion?

Grade:12

2 Answers

Bhavya
askIITians Faculty 1281 Points
4 years ago
Dear student
There is only one unpaired electron in the superoxide ion (that is the O2 ion that has -1 charge)
In the neutral O2 molecule, the last two electrons go into an anti-bonding set of 2 pi orbitals and so are unpaired (2 unpaired electrons). O2 (-) has one extra electron than the normal O2 molecule which pairs up with one of the 2 initial unpaired electrons in one of the orbitals, leaving behind one unpaired electron.
Suraj Singh
148 Points
4 years ago
Their are 3 unpaired electrons in superoxide ion.... Approve it if the answer is correct...........................

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