Nitrogen has positive electron gain enthalpy


Nitrogen has positive electron gain enthalpy whereas oxygen has negative. However, oxygen has lower ionisation enthalpy than nitrogen. Explain.


The ionisation enthalpy of oxygen is lower than that of Nitrogen as because when we remove one electron from oxygen then it easily donates it to attain half-filled stability

but in case of nitrogen, it is difficult to remove one electron as it already has half-filled stability and it would become unstable after that.

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