what is inert pair effect

Asked by sciencestudent | 8th Dec, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

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

Answered by  | 8th Dec, 2010, 08:03: PM

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