Properties of cadmium atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

The electron affinity of cadmium is 0  kJ mol-1. The ionisation energies of cadmium are given below.

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 867.8
2nd 1631.4
3rd 3616

Ionisation energies of Cd

Electronic configuration

The following represents the electronic configuration and its associated term symbol for the ground state neutral gaseous atom. The configuration associated with cadmium in its compounds is not necessarily the same.

Pointer to The Orbitron gallery of orbitals.

Kossel shell structure of Cd
A schematic representation of the shell structure of cadmium - not what the atom of cadmium "looks like".

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