Disulfur Dioxide
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Disulfur Dioxide
Disulfur dioxide
structure of disulfur dioxide, S2O2
space-filling model of the disulfur dioxide molecule
Other names
SO dimer
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 96.1299 g/mol
Appearance gas
Main hazards toxic
Related compounds
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Disulfur dioxide, dimeric sulfur monoxide or SO dimer is an oxide of sulfur with the formula S2O2.[2] The solid is unstable with a lifetime of a few seconds at room temperature.[3]


Disulfur dioxide adopts a cis planar structure with C2vsymmetry. The S-O bond length is 145.8 pm, shorter than in sulfur monoxide. The S-S bond length is 202.45 pm and the O-S-S angle is 112.7°. S2O2 has a dipole moment of 3.17 D.[4] It is an asymmetric top molecule.[1][5]


Sulfur monoxide (SO) converts to disulfur dioxide (S2O2) spontaneously and reversibly.[4] So the substance can be generated by methods that produce sulfur monoxide. Disulfur dioxide has also been formed by an electric discharge in sulfur dioxide.[5] Another laboratory procedure is to react oxygen atoms with carbonyl sulfide or carbon disulfide vapour.[6]

Although most forms of elemental sulfur (S8 and other rings and chains) do not combine with SO2, atomic sulfur does so to form sulfur monoxide, which dimerizes:[7]

S + SO2 -> S2O2 ? 2 SO

Disulfur dioxide is also produced upon a microwave discharge in sulfur dioxide diluted in helium.[8] At a pressure of 0.1 mmHg (13 Pa), five percent of the result is S2O2.[9]

Disulfur dioxide is formed transiently when hydrogen sulfide and oxygen undergo flash photolysis.[10]


The ionization energy of disulfur dioxide is .[6]

Disulfur dioxide absorbs at 320-400 nm, as observed of the Venusian atmosphere,[11] and is believed to have contributed to the greenhouse effect on that planet.[12]


Although disulfur dioxide exists in equilibrium with sulfur monoxide, it also reacts with sulfur monoxide to form sulfur dioxide and disulfur monoxide.[8][13]


S2O2 can be a ligand with transition metals. It binds in the ?2-S-S position with both sulfur atoms linked to the metal atom.[14] This was first shown in 2003. The bis(trimethylphosphine) thiirane S-oxide complex of platinum, when heated in toluene at 110 °C loses ethylene, and forms a complex with S2O2: (Ph3P)2Pt(S2O2).[15]Iridium atoms can also form a complex: cis-[(dppe)2IrS2]Cl with sodium periodate oxidizes to [(dppe)2IrS2O] and then to [(dppe)2IrS2O2], with dppe being 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane.[16][17] This substance has the S2O2 in a cis position. The same conditions can make a trans complex, but this contains two separate SO radicals instead. The iridium complex can be decomposed with triphenylphosphine to form triphenylphosphine oxide and triphenylphosphine sulfide.[16]


The anion has been observed in the gas phase. It may adopt a trigonal shape akin to SO3.[18]



Transition Frequency (MHz)[5]
21,1-20,2 11013.840
41,3-40,4 14081.640
11,1-00,0 15717.946
40,4-31,3 16714.167
31,3-20,2 26342.817
42,2-41,3 26553.915
22,0-21,1 28493.046
60,6-51,5 30629.283
52,4-51,5 35295.199
51,5-40,4 35794.527

In the Solar System

There is a some evidence that disulfur dioxide may be a small component in the atmosphere of Venus, and that it may substantially contribute of the planet's severe greenhouse effect.[11] It is not found in any substantive quantity in Earth's atmosphere.


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