Electron Affinity – Electron Gain Enthalpy – CrackChemistry

Electron Affinity – Electron Gain Enthalpy :

By the end of this session, you will able to clear about
What is electron affinity ?
What is meant by Electron Gain Enthalpy ?
What is the Periodic table trend of electron affinity ?
Electron gain enthalpy - definition


Lets start,
You must be a Student,Learner etc..,
So you must be known with Energy.Either something is being done or happening Spontaneously,
Energy is involved in each and every process.
Whenever you talk about business you talk about profit and loss, like that
Whenever you talk about process you talk about the energy changes.
The energy changes in every process also in terms of profit and loss.
Similar to the business profit ans loss, Energy is also influenced by various factor we have keep those factor into constant so we can have accurate amount of energy.
Pressure and Volume are two variables in the every process, By keeping them in constant we can have the accurate amount of energy
This energy is termed as Enthalpy of process. If a process carried out in Constant pressure and volume, the energy involved in process is called Enthalpy of process.
Charge Balence of element

Electron Gain Enthalpy :-

As you know, Electron Gain Enthalpy (Electron Affinity ) is direct opposite to the Ionisation Energy
Ionisation Energy is the energy required to remove an electron from neutral atom.
On contrast, Electron gain enthalpy is the energy required or released whenever the electron is added to neutral atom.
Whenever the electron added to an neutral atom, it gets support from nucleus as in the form of Nuclear Charge (attraction force).But it also get repulsion from another electrons that present in the atom.
This is why electron gain enthalpy is depend upon the nature of atom as well as its requirements.
When the atom is nearly to complete its Octet on adding an electron, it will easily accept the electron. When it is beneficial for an element to add electron,it requires lesser amount of energy to do so or sometimes energy is released.
While Adding an electron,
• If energy required means – Electron Gain Enthalpy (electron affinity) is ‘+’ve (Positive)
• If energy released means – Electron Gain Enthalpy (electron affinity) is ‘-‘ve (Negative)
Whenever you talk about property or quality of an element, you have consider all the factors such as

•  Size of an Atom :-

In the smaller atom orbits are arranged closely to the Nucleus as compared to the larger atom. So the Nucleus can attract the incoming electrons easily.so it requires lesser energy to accommodate an extra electron.

•  Shielding effect :-

How Effectively the inner sub-shells shield the outer electrons(Shielding Effect).Stronger the shielding effect means the nucleus attraction is of Electrons is less, weaker the shielding effect means the nucleus can attract the electron and incoming electron also.

•  Nuclear Charge :-

Higher the nuclear charge, it can support the process by attract the incoming electron effectively.

•  Electronic Configurations :-

 Full-filled and Half-filled sub-shells have extra stability. Elements nearing the Half-filled and Full-filled sub-shell has higher desire to get attract the incoming electron and it requires lesser amount of energy.so that they can achieve stable Configurations

Electron Gain Enthalpy (Electron affinity) : Across the Group

When going down the group (column),size of the atom is increased so it become hard to Nucleus to attract the Incoming electron.it requires little large amount of energy while comparing with element that present in the front of the group.
Element of Group 1st and 2nd are have very lesser negative Electron Gain Enthalpy because they have to loss an electron rather than to gain an electron to get their octet state.
Noble elements of 18th group have very high positive Electron Gain Enthalpy (electron affinity) value.it requires large number of energy to accommodate an electron on that particular element.
General Periodic Trend
Of Electron Gain Enthalpy

Electron Gain Enthalpy (Electron affinity) : Across the Period

When going left to right in Period (Row),size of the atom is decreased and nuclear charge is Increases so it become easy to add in electron in the element and it requires lesser amount of energy.
Elements of Group 17th have larger Negative value of Electron Gain Enthalpy (electron affinity) because gain an electron will make them to achieve their octet state. So they prefer an electron every time and releases very large amount of energy while adding an electron it means the process is quite feasible.
The Periodic Table of elements trend of Electron Gain Enthalpy (electron affinity) is symmetrical as ionization Because the factor deciding the enthalpy is quite independent.
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