Chemical Science Study Notes on Alkali Metal Trends - Download PDF!

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : September 1st, 2021

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Study Notes on Alkali Metal (Group 1)Trends


1. All metals are malleable and tend to become softer down the group. For instance, Lithium can be cut by knife, whereas, Rb and Cs are of the consistency of putty. 

2. Reactivity of metals towards O2 and H2O increases as we go down the group.

Reaction with H2O

Reaction with O2

Li reacts slowly

Li forms Li2O

Na reacts vigorously

Na forms Na2O2

K evolves H2

K forms KO2

Rb and Cs are explosive

Rb and Cs forms RbO2 and CsO2 respectively

3. Lithium does not replace protons on PhC=CH, whereas, all other elements from the group do.

4. Group 1 elements generally form ionic compounds, with Lithium being an exception.

5. They form a wide range of salts with ionic properties; such as- 

  • High Melting Points.
  • Water solubility that gives conducting solutions.
  • Halide salts are ionic and are not hydrolysed.
  • Basic nature of oxides and hydroxides.
  • Their hydrides are ionic, basic and are strong reducing agents.

6. Thermal stability of their sulphates, carbonates, nitrates, peroxides, and superoxide increases as we go down the group.

7. With the increase in the size of metal atoms, any electron pair which is bonded becomes farther from the nucleus of metal and it gets least attracted towards the same. This leads to a decrease in electronegativity down Group 1.

8. Solubility of hydroxide in water increases as we go down the group.

LiOH < NaOH < KOH < RbOH < CsOH 

9. Lithium possess a high charge/size ratio, which leads to anomalies, such as- 

  • LiH is more stable than other hydrides.
  • Li2CO3 is very much less stable than other carbonates in the group.
  • Lithium salts are less soluble in water whereas, more soluble in organic solvents.
  • Li and Na form a number of hydrated salts. Whereas, K forms some hydrated salts and Rb and Cs does not form any hydrated salts.

10. Alkali metal ions do not readily form complexes with ligands such as NH3 or CN- but form complexes with polydentate ligands or chelates, such as crown ethers and cryptands. 

The bonding in the complex ions is primarily electrostatic, i.e., ionic, and very hard; and the relative size of cation and cavity plays an important role. For instance, the complex ions with 18-crown-6 ether ligand follows the order of stability: Li+ < Na+ < K+ < Rb+ < Cs+. This implies that different ring sizes prefer different ions. For example,

12-crown-4 and 15-crown-5 prefers Li+;

24-crown-8 prefers Rb+ and Cs+.


11. RLi are used as reagents in organic chemistry as they’re readily synthesized. These are soluble in organic solvents and provide a slightly more reactive source of carbanions than the Grignard reagent, RMgX.

RLi compounds also form oligomers or clusters in the form of rings and polyhedral which have hydrocarbon residues which dominate the surface.

In comparison to this, Alkyls of Na and K are more ionic in nature and form an infinite 3-D structure in its solid state. These are soluble in hydrocarbons and are also extremely air/moisture sensitive. 


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