Helium Compounds

  • Errol G Lewars


Helium and its siblings, neon, argon, krypton, xenon and radon, were once called the inert gases, but with the forging of a well-documented and fairly abundant chemistry of krypton and especially xenon, the term noble appears to have displaced inert. The history [1, 2] of the unveiling1 of the dormant chemical proclivities of these heavier noble gases (radon chemistry has been less well explored, for obvious reasons) is well-documented, and will be only briefly mentioned here, along with some discussion of neon and argon. This will help to put helium chemistry in perspective. By chemical compounds we mean here real compounds, with an ionic or covalent bond. Entities in which noble gas atoms are associated with other atoms or molecules by van der Waals attraction or by mere physical incarceration were long the only, meager, some would say spurious, examples of noble gas chemistry: atom pairs (e.g. He―He, He―CH4) [3], hydrates [4, 5], and fullerenes with encapsulated atoms [


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  • Errol G Lewars
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  1. 1.Trent UnversityPeterboroughCanada

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