Why can't sulfur have an oxidation state of + 5?


Answer from: Vladimir Filipenko:
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Not that it can't, but this oxidation degree is uncharacteristic of sulfur. And that's because of the electronic structure of the sulphur atom. It has six electrons on the upper electron level that benefit from bonding in pairs. That is either 2, 4, or 6 electrons interact. Accordingly, the characteristic oxidation states of sulfur are -2, 0, +2, +4, +6.

Answer from: Mowgli:
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Not that it can't, but this oxidation degree is uncharacteristic of sulfur. And that's because of the electronic structure of the sulfur atom. It has six electrons at the upper electron level that benefit from bonding in pairs. That is either 2, 4, or 6 electrons interact. Accordingly, the characteristic oxidation states of sulfur are -2, 0, +2, +4, +6.


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