How do you rank oxidizing agents?

1 Answer
Aug 16, 2016

You rank oxidizing agents according to their standard reduction potentials.


Here's a typical table of standard reduction potentials.

Reduction Potentials

The species at the top left have the greatest "potential" to be reduced, so they are the strongest oxidizing agents.

The strongest oxidizing agent in the list is #"F"_2#, followed by #"H"_2"O"_2#, and so on down to the weakest oxidizing agent, #"Li"^+#.