Properties of mercury atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

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

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 1007.1
2nd 1810
3rd 3300

Ionisation energies of Hg

Electronic configuration

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

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

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