The branch of chemistry that deals with the study of redox reactions and how they can be applied to generate electricity (in electrochemical cells) and to carry out non-spontaneous reactions using electricity (electrolysis).

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Why is chloride oxidised instead of water in copper chloride electrolysis?

For the Electrolysis of Copper Chloride: Cathode: $\ce{Cu^{2+} + 2e- <=> Cu}$ Anode: $\ce{2Cl <=> Cl2 + 2e- }$ I am confused about the reaction taking place at the anode. Wouldn't ...
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What are possible side reactions for the generation of hydrogen via electrolysis?

I recently completed making a simple water electrolysis setup to generate hydrogen which uses two graphite rods from a standard AA battery. The power source is a $24~\mathrm{V}$ $6~\mathrm{A}$ ...
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What can we say about the Gibbs free energy if it decreases or not?

[Sorry if the question looks trivial but I have thought about it for days and red a number of books all with no success.] In almost every thermodynamics book that has something to say about chemical ...
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Corrosion of metals and observations in the agar medium?

I want to know which metals oxidize and which is reduced and changes in medium and observations? According to my knowledge more corrosion will take place in Zn and Fe also corrode. Then copper ...
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In a galvanic cell, why does an electrode with a higher potential “pull” the electrons from the electrode with a lower potential?

I'm doing Grade 12 Chemistry and I'm unsure of this, taking the hydrogen electorde as having a potential of 0 volts. I'll use the copper-zinc cell as an example. Just let me know if I've got the full ...
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Why put zinc solution in a galvanic cell?

In a galvanic cell with Cu and Zn electrodes, I was taught that each electrode is immersed in a solution containing it's own positive ions. I understand why you need copper ions, so they can gain ...
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Relating Thermodynamic & Transport Properties to Electrochemical discharge curve

What are the fundamental thermodynamic & transport properties that the discharge cycle of a rechargeable battery with an intercalating cathode (like Li-ion) should depend upon? The few that I ...
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Are homemade batteries a practical alternative during a blackout?

If your home lost power without warning; are homemade batteries (such as the lemon/potato variety described in this question Are homemade batteries economically practical?) a practical alternative for ...
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Electrochemistry question about equilibrium in half cell reaction

Given the following half-reactions: $\ce{Ce^{4+} + e− -> Ce^{3+}}$ E° = 1.72 V $\ce{ Fe^{3+} + e− -> Fe^{2+}}$ E° = 0.771 V A solution is prepared by mixing ...
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On spontaneity of a redox reaction

Suppose we have a redox reaction and we want to see in what direction the reaction is spontaneous. We do this by comparing the standard reduction potentials of the sub-reactions available in the main ...
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Electrochemical cell polarity and electrodes

In an electrochemical cell, the anode undergoes oxidation and the cathode undergoes reduction. This means that the anode loses electrons while the cathode gains electrons. However, the anode is ...
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What happen when there is no salt bridge in microbial fuel cell?

I wonder if there is no salt bridge on microbial fuel cell, Are there have the same amount of current or none?
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How does a simple alkaline battery work?

The basic + - electrolyte set up. Modern batteries and the like. How exactly do they work?
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Why do acids favor the oxidizer? And bases the reducer?

Simply put, why does adding acid to the cathode up the cell voltage? From what I understand, acids are proton donors. Do these positive protons attract electrons toward the cathode compartment of the ...
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Kinetic validity; redox reactions

What's the kinetic validity of the following way of balancing the above redox reaction? I've done some searching of the literature; I've never come across oxide anions being mentioned in redox ...
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Why is the water reduction of oxygen favored in acidic conditions?

The standard reduction potential of diatomic oxygen in acidic conditions is +1.23 volts. However, the standard reduction potential of diatomic oxygen in basic conditions is only +0.40 volts. Why ...
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Is this Hess's Law Electrochemistry question incorrect?

It is my understanding that to apply Hess' Law to this equation the top equation sign would be reversed and the outcome would be +0.65 V. Often the system produces incorrect answers. I was looking ...
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Can I use harvested plants to gain electric power?

I was just thinking - plants are mostly acid. Even grass is quite acid. Could you create battery cell from squashed plants (after cutting them in pieces)? How much effective would it be? Could you ...
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Reduction potential and electron affinity

Why is it that fluorine has a much greater reduction potential than chlorine, despite the fact fluorine has a lower electron affinity than chlorine? I understand that fluorine has a lower electron ...
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Why is standard reduction potential an intensive property?

My book says that Since the number of electrons lost must equal the number gained, the half-reactions must be multiplied by integers as necessary to achieve the balanced equation. However, the ...
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Is greater relative AA battery capacity at high currents indicative of greater capacity at low currents?

I originally posted this on EE.SE but might be better here: Battery showdown compared the mAh and mWh capacity of different AA batteries discharged at 200mA. Would the relative capacities of each ...
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Calculating Redox Potential; Coupled Reactions

For the reaction of silver and hydrochloric acid to form silver chloride: would the following be the correct way to couple the below two half reactions? $\ce{2Ag(s) + 2Cl^- ->2AgCl(s) + 2e^-} ...
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how does electronic conductance of a metal change with density?

The electronic conductance of a metal depends on its density.Does this mean that if we increase the density of the metal,its electronic conductance will increase?How does it happen?
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Electrolysis of Strongly Basic Water

What happens when strongly basic water is electrolyzed? I know that the electrolysis of water in strongly acidic solution involves hydrogen protons; will these protons still be involved in strongly ...
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Explanation for the reactions in a saltwater battery with zinc and copper electrodes

I am a physicist, not a chemist. I'm trying to get a basic understanding of the reactions taking place in a battery using a saltwater electrolyte with copper and zinc terminals. I'm writing a general ...
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Since aqueous acids release Hydrogen cations into the solution, will an electric current create Hydrogen gas?

I was wondering that since acids dissociate in water to make a lot of $\ce{H+}$ cations. Is it possible that introducing a supply of electrons via an electric current, would create $\ce{H2}$ gas?
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Why does increasing number of salt bridges increase voltage of electrochemical battery?

In an experiment, I set up a cell with lead nitrate (w/ lead electrode) and zinc sulfate (w/ zinc electrode), with a salt bridge containing potassium nitrate. I observed that by increasing the number ...
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Is there always a need for a salt bridge to let a galvanic cell work continuously?

I read in a book that "Sometimes, both the electrodes dip in the same electrolyte solution & in such cases we do not require a salt bridge". How is this possible?
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Water purification procedure that does not involve a flocculant of any kind?

I have read about "electroflocculation" that uses less flocculant/alum, but is there a method – no matter how expensive or impractical – that uses no flocculant at all?
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Electrolysis of Water

What is the mechanism for the electrolysis of water? I understand that hydrogen and oxygen gas are made, but how exactly does this happen when electrons are passed through water? A diagram would be ...
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Conjugate Theory and Redox

I'm trying to apply conjugate theory, which I can apply very well to acids/bases, to redox. Can you verify my logic, which I have broken down below? 1) I know that solid sodium is a strong reducer. ...
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$\ce{O^{2-}}$ Anion in Redox - Origin?

How come the oxygens transferred in redox reactions are always the $\ce{O^{2-}}$anion? For example, I have this set of rules, and the rules are implicitly referring to the $\ce{O^{2-}}$ anion, a ...
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Balancing Redox Equations with $\ce{H^+}$ or $\ce{H_3^+O}$

Is it preferable to balance redox equations with $\ce{H^+}$ or $\ce{H_3^+O}$? I think the latter, because first, the bare hydrogen proton doesn't exist in water solution. So why write down something ...
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Galvanic Element: Silver Iodide and Standard Hydrogen cell

I have to calculate the $\mathrm{p}\ce{H}$ of the $\ce{H+}$ solution with the following info: $\ce{Ag(s) | AgI(s) || H2(g)(1atm) | H+(aq) (X mol/L) | Pt(s)}$ $E=0.1\:\mathrm{V}$ Temperature ...
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How to prove that reaction is possible

I have been given task to write possible reaction equations, determine oxidizer, reducer, write corresponding electron-equations and calculate electromotive force (I do not know if that is what you ...
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How to calculate the equivalent weight or N-Factor of compound(acid, salt, base or etc) using electrolysis concept

Our sir, told us about the concept of equivalent weight using electrolysis and Faraday's Law of electrolysis. We got to know ...
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Confusion regarding specific conductivity [closed]

Is there any difference between the terms specific conductivity and conductance. If yes, please explain.
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Calculation of the standard potential E(Fe/Fe3+) from given potentials

The standard electrode potentials for the following redox couples are given as: $E_0(\ce{Fe^{2+}/Fe}) = x~\mathrm{V},$ $ E_0(\ce{Fe^{3+}/Fe^{2+}}) = y~\mathrm{V}$ What will be potential ...
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What does the slope of a Levich plot represent?

I know that the limiting current is proportional to the square root of the rotation speed, but what does the slope of the plot represent?
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How does the diffusion coefficient of a species affect the limiting current for a RDE voltammagram?

And how do I find the diffusion coefficient from a Levich plot?
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Cyclic Voltammogram - How to determine Overpotential

http://youtu.be/1f92vGOridg Clicking on the link above will take you to a video with a diagram of a voltammogram. Through my own experiments I have managed to obtain a similar diagram. However, I am ...
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Cathode + Anode + Rechargeable Battery

I'm confused by the following from http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/lithium_based_batteries: The cathode is a metal oxide and the anode consists of porous carbon. During discharge, the ...
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Voltaic and electrolytic cells

Why more attractive metals will be oxidized? Aren't they being reduced, because they attract and receive electrons from negative polyatomic ions? So they will be anodes, where oxidization occurs. Why ...
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Electrolysis of aqueous lead nitrate

When going through one of my chemistry textbooks, I saw that the electrolysis of aqueous lead nitrate led to oxygen being formed at the anode and lead being formed at the cathode. However, in school, ...
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What is the relationship between migration and the potential of double layer theory?

Double layer theories like that of Gouy-Chapman give the electrostatic potential $\ \phi\ $ in solution. For a symmetrical electrolyte and small potential drops $\ ...
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Activity Coefficients from Electrode Potentials

Lets say we want the activity coefficient of $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$ ions in solution. Would we simply setup one half cell of a $\ce{Cu}$ electrode in a known concentration of $\ce{CuSO4}$ and then connect ...
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Calculating molar conductance?

Ok, so the following question is given in my text book. Of the molar conductance value of $Ca^{2+}$ and $Cl^-$ at infinite dilution are respectively $118.88\times10^{-4}$ and $77.33\times10^{-4}$ ...
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how to determine the relative differences in activity between metals

I am doing a lab for school and I do not know what this question is asking. In this lab we are making electrochemical cells from different metals.
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Electrochemical half cell without redox couple

In a book about electrochemistry the situation of a cell is described of which one half cell has an "undefined thermodynamic potential" as no redox couple exists: $$ Pt/Cu^{2+}\ (0.01\ M),\ Cd^{2+}\ ...
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Deriving goldman equation

So I've been trying to follow the derivation of the Goldman-Hodgkin-Katz equation on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Goldman_equation ) - I can follow it through after it sets up ...