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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 $PtF_{6}$ ?

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^-$