Lead: bond enthalpies in gaseous diatomic species

The bond energy in the gaseous diatomic species PbPb is 86.6 ±0.8 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 PbX bond enthalpies. All values are quoted in kJ mol-1. Each formula in the table (PbO, PbF, and so on) is a link - select these to see visual periodicity representations for bond enthalpies involving lead to elements of your choice.

Period 1

PbH             PbHe
<= 157              

Period 2

PbLi PbBe PbB PbC PbN PbO PbF PbNe
78.7 ±7.9         382.0 ±12.6 356 ±8  

Period 3

PbNa PbMg PbAl PbSi PbP PbS PbCl PbAr
          346 ±1.7 301 ±29  

Period 4

PbK PbCa PbGa PbGe PbAs PbSe PbBr PbKr
          302.9 ±4 247 ±38  

Period 5

PbRb PbSr PbIn PbSn PbSb PbTe PbI PbXe
        161.5 ±10.5 251 ±13 193 ±4  

Period 6

PbCs PbBa PbTl PbPb PbBi PbPo PbAt PbRn
      86.6 ±0.8 141.8 ±14.6      

Period 7

PbFr PbRa            


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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