The group 16 elements are also known as chalcogens.
The group 16 elements are collectively known as chalcogens or ore-forming elements. Many metals in this group occur as sulphide or oxide ores. The group 16 elements of modern periodic table consist of 5 elements oxygen, sulphur, selenium, tellurium and polonium. This group is also known as the oxygen family.
Electronic configurations of the chalcogens
The electronic configurations of the chalcogens are tabulated below.