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Is there a first or second, etc. Ionisation energy for metal alloys, such as bronze or...

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dan98 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM via web

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Is there a first or second, etc. Ionisation energy for metal alloys, such as bronze or brass? Why or Why not?

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM (Answer #1)

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If we have an alloy then we actually have a blend of metals so any ionization energies that we would look at for the alloys would actually be for the individual metal atoms.  If we were to start ionizing the metals in the alloys they would likely start breaking part from the alloy and forming ionic compounds. Remember that we can't have a cation without an anion. If the metal atom gives up an electron then another atom must accept the electron and become an anion, which is a negatively charged ion. 

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