Sulfur: bond enthalpies in gaseous diatomic species

The bond energy in the gaseous diatomic species SS is 425.30 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 SX bond enthalpies. All values are quoted in kJ mol-1. Each formula in the table (SO, SF, and so on) is a link - select these to see visual periodicity representations for bond enthalpies involving sulfur to elements of your choice.

Period 1

SH             SHe
344.3 ±12.1              

Period 2

SLi SBe SB SC SN SO SF SNe
312.5 ±7.5 372 ±59 580.7 ±9.2 714.1 ±1.2 464 ±21 521.7 ±4.2 342.7 ±5  

Period 3

SNa SMg SAl SSi SP SS SCl SAr
  234 373.6 ±7.9 623 444 ±8 425.30 277.0  

Period 4

SK SCa SGa SGe SAs SSe SBr SKr
  337.6 ±18.8   551.0 ±2.5 379.5 ±6.3 371.1 ±6.7    

Period 5

SRb SSr SIn SSn SSb STe SI SXe
  339 289 ±17 464 ±3.3 378.7 339 ±21    

Period 6

SCs SBa STl SPb SBi SPo SAt SRn
  400.0 ±18.8   346.0 ±1.7 315.5 ±4.6      

Period 7

SFr SRa            
               

Notes

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).

References

  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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