Copper: bond enthalpies in gaseous diatomic species

The bond energy in the gaseous diatomic species CuCu is 176.52 ±2.38 kJ mol-1.

The following values refer to neutral heterodiatomic molecules in the gas phase. These numbers may well differ considerably from, say, single bond energies in a solid. All values are given in kJ mol-1.

Table of diatomic CuX bond enthalpies. All values are quoted in kJ mol-1. Each formula in the table (CuO, CuF, and so on) is a link - select these to see visual periodicity representations for bond enthalpies involving copper to elements of your choice.

Period 1

CuH             CuHe

Period 2

CuLi CuBe CuB CuC CuN CuO CuF CuNe
192.9 ±8.8         269.0 ±20.9 413.4 ±13  

Period 3

CuNa CuMg CuAl CuSi CuP CuS CuCl CuAr
176.1 ±16.7   227.1 ±9.8 221.3 ±6.3   276 382.8 ±4.6  

Period 4

CuK CuCa CuGa CuGe CuAs CuSe CuBr CuKr
    215.9 ±15.1 208.8 ±20.1   251 331 ±25  

Period 5

CuRb CuSr CuIn CuSn CuSb CuTe CuI CuXe
    187.4 ±7.9 169.5 ±6.7   278.7 197 ±21  

Period 6

CuCs CuBa CuTl CuPb CuBi CuPo CuAt CuRn

Period 7

CuFr CuRa            


I am grateful to Professor J.A. Kerr (University of Birmingham, UK) for the provision of the bond strengths of diatomic molecules data.

The values given here are at 298 K. All values are quoted in kJ mol-1. Generally, these data were obtained by spectroscopic or mass spectrometric means. You should consult reference 1 for further details. A note of caution: the strength of, say, the C-H bond in the gaseous diatomic species CH (not an isolable species) is not necessarily, the same as the strength of a C-H bond in, say, methane.

The strongest bond for a diatomic species is that of carbon monoxide, CO (1076.5 ± 0.4 kJ mol-1). The strongest bond for a homonuclear diatomic species is that of dinitrogen, N2 (945.33 ± 0.59 kJ mol-1).


  1. J.A. Kerr in CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 1999-2000 : A Ready-Reference Book of Chemical and Physical Data (CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, D.R. Lide, (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 81st edition, 2000.

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