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N, O, and F are the most electronegative elements (upper righthand corner of the periodic table). Hydrogen will only form hydrogen bonds with them because the electronegative atoms attract the electron cloud around hydrogen and leave hydrogen with a positive charge.
NicoJones_1B wrote:Why will hydrogen only form bonds with highly electronegative atoms?
In lecture, Dr. Lavelle, said that hydrogen bonds form only when a hydrogen atom is covalently bonded to N, O, F atoms and is close to another electronegative atom (I'm assuming N, O, F) that has a lone pair nearby.
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