What is the product formed when 1,2-dimethylcyclohexa-1,4-diene undergoes epoxidation with one equivalent of m-CPBA (meta-chloroperbenzoic acid)?
In the epoxidation mechanism, the π-electrons of the double bond attack m-CPBA:
So, methyl groups attached to the double bond should increase its nucleophilicity. On the other hand, since it is a nucleophilic attack, the methyl groups should also cause considerable steric hindrance. So what should the answer be?