# What element has an atom with the greatest attraction for electrons in a chemical bond?

Dec 27, 2016

The element with greatest attraction for electrons in a double bond is number 9, fluorine.

#### Explanation:

Fluorine has the greatest attraction for electrons in any bond that it forms.

The attraction of an atom for shared electrons is called its electronegativity.

Fluorine is so electronegative that it will form bonds with the larger noble gases like krypton and xenon, which are notoriously unwilling to share their electrons.

It reacts with these elements to form compounds like ${\text{KrF}}_{2}$ and ${\text{XeF}}_{6}$.