# What's the reason for the instability of ethylene dione?

Ethylene dione, with a chemical formula $\ce{C2O2}$ and an IUPAC name of ethene-1,2-dione, is an oxocarbon.

The existence of $\ce{OCCO}$ was first suggested in 1913. However, despite its deceptively "simple" structure, for over a century the compound had eluded all attempts to synthesize and observe it. Such elusive nature had earned $\ce{OCCO}$ the reputation of a hypothetical compound and a mysterious, "exceedingly coy molecule".

I cannot understand what the rest of the article is telling me. So, why is ethylene dione unstable?

• Well, being a dimer of CO doesn't do it any good. Jun 26 '17 at 14:04