Properties of sulfur atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

The electron affinity of sulfur is 200  kJ mol-1. The ionisation energies of sulfur are given below.

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 999.6
2nd 2252
3rd 3357
4th 4556
5th 7004.3
6th 8495.8
7th 27107
8th 31719
9th 36621
10th 43177
11th 48710
12th 54460
13th 62930
14th 68216
15th 311046
16th 337137

Ionisation energies of S

Electronic configuration

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

Pointer to The Orbitron gallery of orbitals.

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

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