Is xenon reactive?

1 Answer
Oct 29, 2016

Yes. Xenon have some compounds with high electronegative elements.


Although the general trend of noble gases is to not form bonds with other atoms, the xenon has such a large size that the last electrons (valence electrons) are far enough from the nucleus as to be attracted by atoms that are very electronegative (eg, fluorine and oxygen). In 1962 the first compound of xenon was discovered and since that time are known about eighty or so. Most are compounds with the presence of fluorine and / or oxygen, but there are compounds containing carbon and other atoms less electronegative bonded to xenon.