Properties of molybdenum atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

The electron affinity of molybdenum is 71.9  kJ mol-1. The ionisation energies of molybdenum are given below.

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 684.3
2nd 1560
3rd 2618
4th 4480
5th 5257
6th 6640.8
7th 12125
8th 13860
9th 15835
10th 17980
11th 20190
12th 22219
13th 26930
14th 29196
15th 52490
16th 55000
17th 61400
18th 67700
19th 74000
20th 80400
21st 87000

Ionisation energies of Mo

Electronic configuration

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

Pointer to The Orbitron gallery of orbitals.

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

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