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Electronegativity (Allen)

L.C. Allen suggests that electronegativity is the average one-electron energy of the valence shell electrons in the ground state free atoms. This means that values of the Allen electronegativity can be calculated from spectroscopic data. The values obtained correlate well with Pauling electronegativity and with Allred-Rochow electronegativity. The Allen electronegativity is given the symbol Χspec.

image showing Electronegativity (Allen): group 14 periodicity for group 14 chemical elements


Pauling scale


The Allen electronegativity is given the symbol Χspec. For the s- and p-block elements, then:

Χspec = (mεs + nεp)/(m + n)


You can look at visual representations of the various electronegativity scales using the following links.

Literature sources

  1. L.C. Allen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1989, 111, 9003.
  2. J.E. Huheey, E.A. Keiter, and R.L. Keiter in Inorganic Chemistry : Principles of Structure and Reactivity, 4th edition, HarperCollins, New York, USA, 1993.