What is inert pair effect?

Asked by Chetan | 12th Feb, 2012, 01:16: PM

Expert Answer:

 The inert pair effect is the tendency of the outermost s electrons to remain nonionized or unshared in compounds of post-transition metals. The term inert pair effect is often used in relation to the increasing stability of oxidation states that are 2 less than the group valency for the heavier elements of groups 13, 14, 15 and 16.

Answered by  | 12th Feb, 2012, 08:09: PM

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