What are the main properties of ionic compounds?

1 Answer
Oct 2, 2014

There are many properties. Here is a short list of main properties:

  • They form crystals. Ionic compounds form crystal lattices rather than amorphous solids.
  • They have higher enthalpies of fusion and vaporization than molecular compounds.
  • They are hard.
  • They are brittle.
  • They have high melting points and also high boiling points.
  • They conduct electricity but only when they are dissolved in water.
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