Questions tagged [electron-affinity]

The amount of energy released when an electron is added to a species in the gaseous phase to form a negative ion. Not to be confused with [ionization-energy].

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Why is electron gain generally exothermic?

I understand that we need to supply energy to counter the nuclear attraction when we remove electrons, and that is the reason why ionization energy is endothermic. However, why does an atom release ...
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Why does chlorine have a higher electron affinity than fluorine?

Since fluorine has its valence electrons in the n=2 energy level, and since chlorine has its valence electrons in the n=3 energy level, one would initially expect that an electron rushing towards ...
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If Oxygen has a lower electron affinity than Sulfur, then why doesn't sulfur has a lower electron affinity than selenium?

I've read that oxygen has a lower electron affinity (as shown the picture below), because it has a smaller atomic radius than sulfur and thus the electrons experience significant electron-electron ...
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Are there any major exceptions when comparing electron affinity?

I was tasked with figuring out whether carbon or nitrogen has a more negative electron affinity value. I initially picked nitrogen, just because nitrogen has a higher $Z_\mathrm{eff}$, creating a ...
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Why do alkali metals have an exothermic electron affinity?

Alkali metals should have positive electron gain enthalpy as they are electropositive elements and also there atomic size is big in their periods so they should be reluctant to take electrons but they ...
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Why does oxygen not like to be a double anion?

The electron affinity of a neutral oxygen atom is −142 kJ (it releases this energy). The electron affinity for the now double anion $\ce{O^2-}$ is 710 kJ (work must be done on the atom). My question ...
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Electronegativity

Why is the Electronegativity difference for atoms in bonding uncertain while determining what the compound will be? According to the IB(International Baccalaureate) they say that the ...
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Are 1st Electron Affinities positive or negative?

According to this ChemistryLibretexts website and this StackExchange answer, 1st electron affinites are negative and 2nd electron affinities are positive. However, according to this Study.com ...
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While electrolyzing concentrated aqueous sodium chloride, why is it that chlorine is discharged but not sodium?

Hydrogen and hydroxide both exceed sodium and chlorine in terms of reduction and oxidation potential respectively. While electrolyzing a concentrated solution of aqueous NaCl, it is known that ...
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Is there a relation between the ionization energy and the electron affinity?

I am aware of the definition and equation of IE and EA. I was wondering if there is a direct relation between this two quantities with the energy of the neutral specie.
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Which atom goes in the middle of a lewis dot structure?

I've read online in multiple sites that the least electronegative atom goes in the middle with the exception of H, which always goes on the outside. However, in the molecule NaCN, C is in the middle. ...
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Relationship between basicity and electron withdrawing ability

Quote from a textbook (Organic chemistry, Fourth Edition by Paula Yurkanis Bruice): "A weaker base is a more electronegative base; that is, it is better able to accommodate its negative charge. ...
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Why do atoms have electron Affinity? [duplicate]

Atoms are stable so how can they pull electrons i.e how do they have any electron affinity at all?