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Original question: During kolbe electrolysis of Formic acid, H2 is released at which electrode?

What I thought: H2 will form at cathode due to reduction of water. But will the Formic acid decompose to give H2 and CO2 by radical mechanism?

My doubt: Does H radical form in chemical reactions?

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes a H radical form can form in chemical reactions. However it is extremely reactive and will exist for only a fleeting amount of time. $\endgroup$ – MaxW Apr 2 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ @MaxW will there be release of H2 at the anode then? $\endgroup$ – Groverkss Apr 2 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ @MaxW en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolbe_electrolysis $\endgroup$ – Groverkss Apr 2 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ $\ce{HCOOH -> CO2 + H2}$ $\endgroup$ – MaxW Apr 2 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ @MaxW That is the problem I am having. This is only possible if H radical forms in the reaction. I'm not sure if it will work as standard kolbe reaction. $\endgroup$ – Groverkss Apr 2 at 17:43

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