|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
An Isotope is a nuclide that has the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons. Hydrogen for example has 3 isotopes, Protium 1 proton no neutrons, Deuterium 1 proton and 1 neutron, Tritium 1 proton and 2 neutrons. All atoms are electrically neutral, that is the number of negatively charged electrons surrounding the nucleus equals the number of positive charged protons in the nucleus. Ionization is the process of removing electrons from an atom thus giving it a charge. It doesnít matter if a normal atom or an isotope loses an electron and becomes charged itís still an ion. Lets use water for example. If we replace the normal hydrogen in water with one of it's isotopes say tritium when that molecule disassociates into Tritium and oxygen the Tritium will become an ion and it will also be an isotope of hydrogen. So an isotope can also be an ion. I hope I have answered you question. Thanks for writing.
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