Is argon reactive?

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Oct 29, 2016

By no means is argon reactive. Argon is a Noble Gas..........


By no means is argon reactive . Argon is a Noble Gas, and on account of its closed shell electronic structure, it is (i) difficult to oxidize, and (ii) difficult to reduce. And thus compounds of argon of any description would be vanishingly few. There may be one or two fluorides or oxides of argon known; these are exceptional, and their chemistry belongs to a few specialists.

That argon forms compounds only with the most reactive elements known attests to its inertness. Synthetic chemists would often use bottled argon as a protective gas, as a blanket to cover the reactive species that they attempt to manipulate.