Why carbon is not able to form ionic compounds?

Asked by  | 17th Dec, 2012, 10:42: PM

Expert Answer:

Carbon has valency 4. To attain noble gas configuration it need to gain or lose 4 electrons so that it would form ionic compound.

1. If it gain 4 electrons it would be difficult for nucleus to hold 6 protons on to 10 electrons.

2. If it lose 4 electrons it would require lot of energy to lose 4 electrons from nucleus holding 6 protons on to just 2 electrons.

Thus carbon doesnt form ionic compounds.

Answered by  | 18th Dec, 2012, 09:22: AM

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