Can any compound be electrically charged?



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    No.  In order for electrical conductivity to occur, there needs to be a flow of electrons.    There are various factors involved in the ability of a compound to be electrically charged.  This involves the individual properties of the elements involved.  More specifically ionization energy, electro-negativity, and atomic radius all affect the way an elements bonds in a compound.  This affects how individual atoms pull electrons from other atoms in a compound and how much energy it takes to shoot off an electron from an individual atom.  This affects polarity in shared covalent bonds and if a substance has an ionic bound.  But generally, the more ionic the bonds in a compound, the higher ability to be electrically charged.  

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