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Can the Negative Ion of Oxygen be an Oxidizer?

  1. Jul 22, 2010 #1
    This is just a little question to satisfy my own curiosity, but can the Negative Ion of an Oxygen atom/molecule be used as an oxidizer?
    I would think not, because it wouldn't be able to accept another electron if it already has one. Am I right?
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  3. Jul 23, 2010 #2


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    The singly negative ion of oxygen (O-) is a relatively powerful oxidizer. The doubly negative ion (O2-) is not. (read: there are virtually no O3- compounds)
  4. Jul 23, 2010 #3
    Thanks for the reply, also could the O2- be used as an oxidizer at all?
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