In this case the anode for electroplating would be the Lithium and the cathode would be any conductive metal.

Unfortunately Lithium reacts violently with water, which is the basis of most electrolyte solutions that are used for electroplating.

So is there an anhydrous electrolyte solution or an alternative method for electroplating Lithium onto a conductive metal?


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    $\begingroup$ Molten salt maybe? $\endgroup$ – Oscar Lanzi Sep 29 at 21:19
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    $\begingroup$ Lithium hexafluorophosphate dissolved in dialkylcarbonate. That is bases of LiIon/LiPol cells. But it is highly flammable. $\endgroup$ – Poutnik Sep 29 at 22:22
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    $\begingroup$ Nitrate is oxidizing, maybe? $\endgroup$ – Oscar Lanzi Sep 30 at 2:27
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    $\begingroup$ Ethylammonium is a weak acid. Lithium would not survive there. I would expect reactions: $$\ce{2 EtNH3+ + 2 Li -> 2 EtNH2 + 2 Li+ + H2}$$ $$\ce{2 EtNH2 + 2 Li -> 2 EtNHLi + H2}$$ and reduction of nitrate. Additionally, there would be preferred $$\ce{2 EtNH3+ + 2e- -> 2 EtNH2 + H2}$$ $\endgroup$ – Poutnik Sep 30 at 4:54
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    $\begingroup$ Why alternative ? Note that even dialkylcarbonate very slowly react with lithium. But considering your estimated chemistry knowledge, I rather discourage you from such experiments. $\endgroup$ – Poutnik Sep 30 at 6:13