Alkali Metal reactivity ratio?

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Alkali Metal reactivity ratio?

Postby >-) » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

If i want to make a big explosion, per gram, how many times more energy is released when cesium reacts with water, compared to all the other alkali metals (excluding francium).

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Re: Alkali Metal reactivity ratio?

Postby algorerhythms » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 am UTC

This is an interesting article on the topic. The gist of it is that cesium doesn't actually release more energy (lithium actually releases the most energy), it just releases a similar amount of energy faster, because it requires less energy to get the reaction going.

This topic is kind of interesting to me, since I work in a physics lab that studies cesium, and I have at times had temptations to try taking a 5g ampoule of cesium and throwing it into a pond. :twisted:
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