Xenon: reactions of elements

Reaction of xenon with air

Xenon does not react with air.

Reaction of xenon with water

Xenon does not react with water. It does, however, dissolve slightly to the extent of about 108.1 cm3 kg-1 at 20°C (293 K)

Reaction of xenon with the halogens

The reaction between xenon gas and fluorine, F2, at 6 atmosphere pressure in a nickel contained affords largely the tetrafluoride xenon(IV) fluoride, XeF4, but also some of the difluoride xenon(II) fluoride, XeF2, and the hexafluoride xenon(VI) fluoride, XeF6. There appears to be no reaction with the other halogens.

Xe(s) + 2F2(g) → XeF4(s)

Xe(s) + F2(g) → XeF2(s)

Xe(s) + 3F2(g) → XeF6(s)

Reaction of xenon with acids

Xenon does not react with acids.

Reaction of xenon with bases

Xenon does not react with bases.

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