Neon: the essentials
Neon atoms have 10 electrons and the shell structure is 2.8. The ground state electronic configuration of neutral neon is [He].2s2.2p6 and the term symbol of neon is 1S0.
Neon is a very inert element. Neon forms an unstable hydrate. In a vacuum discharge tube, neon glows reddish orange. Of all the rare gases, the discharge of neon is the most intense at ordinary voltages and currents. It is present in the atmosphere as 1 part in 65000.
Liquid neon has over 40 times more refrigerating capacity than liquid helium, and more than 3 times that of liquid hydrogen.
Neon: physical properties
Neon: heat properties
- Melting point: 24.56 [‑248.59 °C (‑415.46 °F)] K
- Boiling point: 24.56 [‑248.59 °C (‑415.46 °F)] K
- Enthalpy of fusion: 20.5 kJ mol-1
Neon: atom sizes
- Atomic radius (empirical): (no data) pm
- Molecular single bond covalent radius: 67 (coordination number 1,2) ppm
- van der Waals radius: [ 158 ] ppm
- Pauling electronegativity: (no data) (Pauling units)
- Allred Rochow electronegativity: 4.84 (Pauling units)
- Mulliken-Jaffe electronegativity: 3.98 (12.5% s orbital)
Neon: orbital properties
- First ionisation energy: 2080.66 kJ mol‑1
- Second ionisation energy: 3952.32 kJ mol‑1
- Third ionisation energy: 6119.42 kJ mol‑1
Neon: crystal structure
Neon: biological data
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
Neon has no biological role.
Reactions of neon as the element with air, water, halogens, acids, and bases where known.
Neon: binary compounds
Binary compounds with halogens (known as halides), oxygen (known as oxides), hydrogen (known as hydrides), and other compounds of neon where known.
Neon: compound properties
Bond strengths; lattice energies of neon halides, hydrides, oxides (where known); and reduction potentials where known.
Neon: historyNeon was discovered by Sir William Ramsay, Morris W. Travers in 1898 at London, England. Origin of name: from the Greek word "neon" meaning "new".
The three Neon isotopes are used for various purposes. Ne-22 is used for the production of the medical radioisotope Na-22. Ne-20 can be used for the production of F-18, although the route via O-18 is by far the most commonly used. Ne-21 has been used in Masers to study quantum physics.
Isolation: neon is present to a small extent 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 neon is available commercially in cylinders under pressure.