Neon

Atomic number: 10

Symbol: Ne

Category: non metal

Density at 25°C: gas, but 1.3 denser than air.

Oh wow, just adding that extra proton to fluorine completely changes the chemistry of Neon. Neon, being one of the second Noble gases is very stable. So stable that it just doesn't like reacting with other elements.  There are occasional rumours of a compound but it seems pretty unlikely.  It is very well known for lighting that bears it name as neon lights.


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An electric discharge tube formed into the shape of the symbol of neon, the main use neon has today. image: wikipedia

Did you know…

On the 3rd of December 1910 – Modern neon lighting was first seen by the public thanks to an installation by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.


Use, natural applications or common combinations: 

  • lights mostly
  • coolant in liquid form because the 


Basic characteristics:

  • Standard atomic weight: 20.1797(6)
  • Melting point: -248.59 °C
  • Boiling point: -246.08 °C
  • Radioactivity: almost all stable
    • 24Ne with a half-life of 3.38 minutes