The reducing power of a metal depends on various factors. Suggest the factor which makes Li, the strongest reducing agent in aqueous solution.
(i) Sublimation enthalpy
(ii) Ionisation enthalpy
(iii) Hydration enthalpy
(iv) Electron-gain enthalpy

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With the small size of Li+ ion, lithium has the highest hydration enthalpy which accounts for its high negative Eo value and its high reducing power.

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