Krypton: the essentials
Krypton atoms have 36 electrons and the shell structure is 188.8.131.52. The ground state electronic configuration of neutral krypton is [Ar].3d10.4s2.4p6 and the term symbol of krypton is 1S0.
Krypton is present in the air at about 1 ppm. The atmosphere of Mars contains a little (about 0.3 ppm) of krypton. It is characterised by its brilliant green and orange spectral lines. The spectral lines of krypton are easily produced and some are very sharp. In 1960 it was internationally agreed that the fundamental unit of length, the metre, should be defined as 1 m = 1,650,763.73 wavelengths (in vacuo) of the orange-red line of Kr-33.
Under normal conditions krypton is colourless, odourless, fairly expensive gas. Solid krypton is a white crystalline substance with a face-centered cubic structure which is common to all the "rare gases". Krypton difluoride, KrF2, has been prepared in gram quantities and can be made by several methods.
Image adapted with permission from Prof James Marshall's (U. North Texas, USA) Walking Tour of the elements CD.
Krypton: physical properties
Krypton: heat properties
- Melting point: 115.79 [‑157.36 °C (‑251.25 °F)] K
- Boiling point: 115.79 [‑157.36 °C (‑251.25 °F)] K
- Enthalpy of fusion: 20.5 kJ mol-1
Krypton: atom sizes
- Atomic radius (empirical): (no data) pm
- Molecular single bond covalent radius: 117 (coordination number 1,2) ppm
- van der Waals radius: 225 ppm
- Pauling electronegativity: 3.00 (Pauling units)
- Allred Rochow electronegativity: 2.94 (Pauling units)
- Mulliken-Jaffe electronegativity: 3.00 (12.5% s orbital)
Krypton: orbital properties
- First ionisation energy: 1350.76 kJ mol‑1
- Second ionisation energy: 2350.37 kJ mol‑1
- Third ionisation energy: 3457.8 kJ mol‑1
Krypton: crystal structure
Krypton: biological data
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
Krypton has no biological role.
Reactions of krypton as the element with air, water, halogens, acids, and bases where known.
Krypton: binary compounds
Binary compounds with halogens (known as halides), oxygen (known as oxides), hydrogen (known as hydrides), and other compounds of krypton where known.
Krypton: compound properties
Bond strengths; lattice energies of krypton halides, hydrides, oxides (where known); and reduction potentials where known.
Krypton: historyKrypton was discovered by Sir William Ramsay, Morris W. Travers in 1898 at Great Britain. Origin of name: from the Greek word "kryptos" meaning "hidden".
Krypton isotopes are used in various medical and scientific applications. Kr-82 is used for the production of Rb-81/Kr-81m generators. Many of the stable isotopes of Krypton are used in the study of the pulmonary system. Kr-78 can be used for the production of Br-75 although production of Br-75 via Se-76 is more common. Kr-86 has been used to define the standard measure of length: 1 meter is exactly 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of this isotope.
Isolation: krypton is present to a small extent (about 1 ppm by volume) in the atmosphere and is obtained as a byproduct from the liquefaction and separation of air. This would not normally be carried out in the laboratory and krypton is available commercially in cylinders at high pressure.