Neil Bartlett first performed an experiment in which reaction between oxygen and PtF6 was carried out which lead to the formation of a red coloured compound O2+[PtF6]-.
He observed that the first ionization energy of Oxygen and Xenon is almost same (~1170 kJ/mol). So, he tried to react Xe and PtF6 in which he was successful to obtain a red coloured compound Xe+[PtF6]-.
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