outer-shell electron

outer-shell electron

[′au̇d·ər ¦shel i′lek‚trän]
(solid-state physics)
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Since only two of the six outer-shell electrons of oxygen are used for this purpose, the remaining four electrons (organized into two non-bonding pairs) arrange themselves as far away from each other as possible in order to minimize repulsion between clouds of negatively charged electrons.
Outer-shell electrons, which have a larger orbit and possess more energy, move to fill the spaces created.
Their atoms are smaller than their noble brethren's and therefore hold onto their outer-shell electrons more tightly.
This instability is resolved when outer-shell electrons jump from one orbit to another to fill the inner-shell vacancies.