Electrostatic Bonds and Attractions

The ability of atoms of an element to lone electrons is measured by the various ionization potentials characterizing that element. Conversly, the ability to gain electrons is measured by the electrons afinity or the electronegativity.

It would follow, therefore, that ionic linkages resulting from electron transfer about occur most commonly between elements with comparatively low ionization potentials and elements with comparatively high electron affinities.

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