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Singlet oxygen: there is indeed something new under the sun

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Abstract

Singlet oxygen, O2(a1Δg), the lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, has been known to the scientific community for ∼80 years. It has a characteristic chemistry that sets it apart from the triplet ground state of molecular oxygen, O2(X3Σg), and is important in fields that range from atmospheric chemistry and materials science to biology and medicine. For such a “mature citizen”, singlet oxygen nevertheless remains at the cutting-edge of modern science. In this critical review, recent work on singlet oxygen is summarized, focusing primarily on systems that involve light. It is clear that there is indeed still something new under the sun (243 references).

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Submitted
04 Feb 2010
Accepted
23 Mar 2010
First published
22 Jun 2010

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 3181-3209
Article type
Critical Review

Singlet oxygen: there is indeed something new under the sun

P. R. Ogilby, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 3181
DOI: 10.1039/B926014P

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