Which reasonably attainable chemical best attracts electrons?

I'm building a secret project, but I need a chemical that can attract electrons. It has to be easily attainable, relatively cheap, and it can't easily hurt me. I think that my question, is (if possible), which safe chemical is the best at attracting electrons? If one wouldn't have a noticeable effect under those parameters, is there one that would be noticeable at all?

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iceng5 years ago
I don't have my periodic table before me but collecting electrons by a chemical
would involve an atom with an incomplete outer shell. Rubbing two complex
chemicals ( Polythene_Rod, A_duster, Cellulose_Acetate_Rod ) causes one
to loose and the other to gain electrons. Cats_Fur, Glass_Rod and Silk has
similar electron action. A metal, which has an unfilled outer valence shell, globe
makes a collector of electrons if you want.
Like a laser printer where differences in static charges (electrons) grabs tiny
carbon particles to be hot pressed into paper.
There is a natural limit to collecting electrons in our atmosphere before the
stress of electrons called voltage ionizes the very air and a spark carries some
electrons away, very much like rubbing clouds creates great big sparks,
lightning bolts. . . . A
Vyger5 years ago
iceng Vyger5 years ago
About Ozone,   Is Not a Triboelectric compound.
O3 has a half life of about 30 min.
OSHA does not get involved until you get 100 Lbs of it.
In your body it acts like CO Carbon Monoxide.  That means it grabs a
blood cell and wont let go of it,  decreasing your breathing efficiency for
a half hour.   A hundred pounds of it would end your breathing altogether.

Ozone is activated oxygen.  I make ozone machines to get the smell
of recent fire ( including cigarette smell ) out of bedrooms and
restaurant fish odors. The O3 basically finishes the burning process
non-exothermic and that  is why we no longer can smell dinosaurs
flatulent :-)

The gas disperses fairly rapidly and with the short half life you are safe.
You would be breathing fractions of a gram the nose is very sensitive to ozone.
Nobody has died from lightning caused ozone yet.
The gas is used to replace chlorination of water in Hotubs and large factories.

Hospitals used the clear UV fluorescent tubes ( another generator of ozone )
mounted above eye level to disinfect air-born germs years ago.

There are people with the disease of asthma that react badly to the
tiniest odor of Ozone. You can use them as detectors :-)

rickharris5 years ago
this is a list of triboelectric materials ( electrostatic if you like) They have either attractive or repulsive properties when activated.

Look up static electricity.

In general in a dynamic manner electrons are attracted by a positive electromotive force ( a potential difference. e.g. from a battery)
lemonie5 years ago
The question is far too vague - what do you want it for?


e.g. batteries "attract electrons"
Burf5 years ago
The heaviest one, if you really mean gravitational pull. I couldn't begin to tell you which is the heaviest molecule. There are millions of different molecules and new ones being created in laboratories regularly.
Gravitational pull is a product of the mass of an object, so look for those chemicals whose molecules are very large and made up of the heaviest elements.
kaddyshack (author)  Burf5 years ago
I was thinking of which easily attainable chemical would best be able to attract electrons in its environment. (although that makes it sound like the electrons are just floating around which isn't what I mean)