I recently conducted a simple experiment for school involving the electrolysis of water.

I changed the concentrations of an ionic compound to determine its effect on the rate at which the products of the lysis of water are formed. I used graphite rods for the electrodes. These shed quite heavily.

I noted this down in my qualitative data, but I was wondering whether this excess graphite may have bonded with some of the hydrogen produced at the cathode to form hydrocarbons?

  • $\begingroup$ Probably not. It's rather weird that was any damage to electrodes, though. I think yo should provide more details. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Dec 25 '20 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ So the graphite is coming from graphite rods. I have used graphite rods for electrolysis and found they shed. I assumed it was a mechanical affect of oxygen bubbles forming below the surface. I switched to platinum . $\endgroup$ – blacksmith37 Dec 25 '20 at 16:45

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