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What inspired N Bartlett for carrying out reaction between Xe and PtF_6?

7.30     What inspired N. Bartlett for carrying out reaction between Xe and PtF_{6} ?

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Initially, he prepared a red compound of formula  O_2^+ PtF_6^- with the help of oxygen and PtF_{6}  . Later, he realised that the first ionisation enthalpy of molecular oxygen (1175 kJ/mol)  and that of xenon (1170 kJ/mol) are almost identical and then he tried to prepare the same type of compound with Xe and PtF_{6}. He was successful in preparing another red colour compound.Xe^+PtF_6^-

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