How would you relate ionization with reducing property of metals?

1 Answer
Jan 23, 2016

The ionization energy, is the energy associated with the following equation:

#M + "energy"rarr M^+ + e^-#


So, the more facile this reaction is, the better the metal is as a reducing agent. It follows that metals with low ionization energies are more potent reducing agents. The alkali metals (which are easily ionized) are thus the most potent reducing agents.