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Questions tagged [conductivity]

A material's ability to conduct electric current or thermal energy by any means.

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Concentration in a mix solution [on hold]

I have a solution (A) with a known volume and known concentration. I added to that solution (B) with known volume but unknown concentration (X). For the mix solution (C), I know the volume and the ...
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Which conductivity law should I use to calculate the conductivity of a solution with high/low concentration?

I have a set of NaCl solutions with concentrations ranging from 0.05 M to 0.1 M. I have been trying to calculate the conductivity of these solutions and compare the obtained values with the ...
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Why are isotopically pure diamonds 50% more thermally conductive than other diamonds?

A laboratory grown type-IIa diamond (no nitrogen defects) has a lambda of $\pu{1800-2200 W/mK}$, but an isotopically pure diamond of $\ce{^{12}C}$ can have up to $\pu{3320 W/mK}$. Why are $\ce{^{12}C}...
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What is the difference between molar conductance and molar conductivity?

I'm learning (or at least trying to learn) about electrochemistry, but a major obstacle to that, is that different books I refer use different terms for the same symbols. So in a last ditch attempt to ...
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Intensive and Extensive Properties--Resistance

Is resistance an intensive quantity or an extensive one? And why? Let me present 2 scenarios. Resistance of a wire: The resistance of a wire depends on area and length. This implies it depends on the ...
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Do the salt bridge ions have to match the ions in the half-cells solutions?

Does the salt bridge in a galvanic cell have to have the same ions as the ones in the solutions? E.g. does it need to have nitrate ions if the half-cells contain copper nitrate and zinc nitrate, or ...
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How to measure the electrical conductivity of a substance? [closed]

Suppose you are given these substances: $\ce{NaOH(aq)}$ $\ce{HCl(aq) }$ $\ce{C6H12O6(aq) }$ $\ce{NH3(l)}$ Are there rules to figure out how conductive each compound is? Is it based on ...
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Is there any electronic component to water conductivity?

Answers to Decrease in temperature of a aqueous salt solution decreases conductivity indicate that the electrical conductivity of salt solutions arises from the mobility of ionic species and therefore ...
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Decrease in temperature of a aqueous salt solution decreases conductivity

Why does the conductivity of a water solution drop as the temperature decreases? How are these two related?
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Silver in defect chemistry

When talking about conductivity in combination with lattice defects you can often see that AgX is taken as an example for a Frenkel defect where the $\ce{Ag^+}$ moves to intersticial voids. I remember ...
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Graphene Vs Copper?

I was wondering about the amazing conductive properties of graphene, lets assume a large copper bar that is 10 kg, current of 1kA and probably more can flow in it, what about graphene? It certainly ...
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Why is copper a better conductor than iron?

So metals are good conductors as the electron in their outer shell is loose and can plunge out of the atom with the application of the slightest force(voltage). Silver is the best metallic conductor, ...
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Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO) Conductivity vs Everything Else

Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO), is the reduced version of Graphene Oxide (GO). Both RGO & GO are easily manufactured when compared to the complex process used to manufacture the 'atom-thick' ...
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Why is fullerene 60 an insulator while graphite is a conductor?

Graphite is good conductor of electricity because one carbon atom is bonded only three carbon atoms, which enables the presence of free electrons. In fullerene 60 the carbon atoms are also bonded to ...
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Why do metallic elements have a very small band gap while nonmetallic elements have a large band gap?

I recently was going over solid state bonding and conductivity. I was wondering why metallic elements (such as sodium, iron, etc.) have a small band gap / no band gap (as conductors that have the ...
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If liquid hydrogen fluoride autoionises, how can it be an insulator?

According to Wikipedia, one of the last major hurdles in the isolation of elemental fluorine was the need to mix hydrogen fluoride with another substance in order for its electrolysis to be possible (...
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Why does Ga improve conductivity of Ge? [closed]

This is for my AP Chemistry course and the question is: Which of the following elements is important in the semiconductor industry to improve the conductivity of Ge? K Ga Al Mg ...
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Conductivity of Wüstite

"Wüstite is often represented as $\ce{Fe_{1-x}O}$, where $x$ is some small fraction less than unity. In this nonstoichiometric $\ce{Fe_{1-x}O}$ material conduction is electronic and the material ...
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NiO and ZnO electrical conductivity with oxygen pressure

NiO is a Mott-Hubbard insulator and increasing oxygen concentration leads to anion excess and oxidation of Nickel so electron hopping is more favourable so electron repulsion is reduced and it becomes ...
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Choice of doping elements in semiconductors

In a typical semiconducting material, we start with silicon (group IV) and introduce atoms of group V or group III depending on whether we are constructing an n- or p-type semiconductor respectively. ...
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Why are silicon and germanium used as semiconductors but not other metalloids?

The semiconductor materials are either elementary such as silicon and germanium or compound such as gallium arsenide. Silicon is the most used semiconductor for discrete devices and integrated ...
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Is the electrical conductivity only measurable in aqueous solutions? [closed]

I have been looking for other ways to measure it, but all I've found is through aqueous solutions. So I want to know if there's another way to do it, or why it isn't possible through other means.
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Does an electrically conductive gas exist at room conditions?

As I know, the gases are insulators, because their particles are mainly electrically neutral, and thus there is no movable charges in them. But maybe it shouldn't be always so, for example if a gas ...
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The Conductivity of Electrolytes based on structure of Ionic Crystal [closed]

Background I want to run an experiment to test the conductivity of various ionic compounds dissolved in water. I was hoping to see some sort of trend in the increase/decrease of conductivity based ...
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Are there compounds more conductive than Silver (Ag)?

Silver is the most electrically conductive element on the Periodic Table. However, I am interested in knowing if there are any compounds (combinations of elements) that would be more conductive than ...
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Difference between equivalent conductance and equivalent conductivity [closed]

I find questions in my book which ask for the equivalent conductivity and sometimes for the equivalent conductance. And then when I look at the solution, they've used the same formula for both. This ...
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Which is more conducting - molten sodium chloride or molten magnesium chloride? [closed]

Which is more conducting - molten sodium chloride or molten magnesium chloride? I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this but my problem is putting into words. Magnesium is more conductive due to its ...
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Why is AC current used rather than DC current for calculating the conductance of a solution(see body)? [closed]

I was reading the answer of the above question from a book. it said that while using DC current, electrolysis occurs. Hence it affects the conductance of the solution. But if any gaseous product is ...
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A chemical compound with these conditions? [closed]

I am searching for a chemical compound which meets these five conditions: slightly soluble in water layered strutcture ionic conductor thermochromism lead must be a part of it.
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Proper definitions of resistivity of conductivity

Is resistivity the same as specific electrical resistance? And conductivity is same as specific conductance when I am dealing with electrical properties ?
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Does titanium(II) oxide conduct electricity? [duplicate]

In my book, it is given that $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is an electrical conductor. But I'd think that since $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is ionic and in solid state, it shouldn't conduct electricity. So, why does it conduct ...
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How is solid titanium(II) oxide an electrical conductor?

Most salts in the solid state are electrical insulators, since the ions are not mobile (e.g. sodium chloride). However, solid titanium(II) oxide, $\ce{TiO (s)}$, is a conductor. How is this so?
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Conductivity variation on Caustic (NaOH) Dilution System

I am reading the drawing for an automatic caustic dilution system where 50% NaOH is diluted down to 20%. I was expecting to see a density sensor on the outlet to provide feedback to the dilution ...
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Does ethanol conduct electricity? [duplicate]

I am trying to find out about methylated spirts/denatured alcohol. As far as I can fine, methylated spirits is roughly 95% ethanol. Will it conduct electricity? I have done some research, but I have ...
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Conductometric titration of Strong Acid And Strong base

Consider conductometric titration of Strong Acid with strong base say HCl + NaOH. My question is why initially the conductance decreases. If H+ of HCl is consumed by OH- of NaOH, forming water and ...
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Which solution is more conductive

Which of the following solutions is more conductive: 1) 0.1 M sodium hydroxide and 0.1 M hydrochloric acid mixture (effectively NaCl?) 2) 0.1 M sodium hydroxide and 0.1 M acetic acid mixture (...
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Mathematical Expression for Limiting Molar Conductivity

I have been fiddling around with the theory of electrolytes, specifically molar conductivity, and ways of calculating limiting molar conductivity $\Lambda^0$. I was able to come up with the ...
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What is the difference between λ and Λ with regard to molar conductivity?

I came across these equations (boxed in red) in a book: $$ \begin{align} &\therefore & t_\mathrm{c} &= \frac{u_\mathrm{c}}{u_\mathrm{c} + u_\mathrm{a}}\\ &\text{and} & t_\mathrm{...
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Can solutions of polar covalent compounds conduct electricity?

I learned in class that solutions of polar covalent compounds are weakly conductive, while ionic solutions are strongly conductive. But I'm getting different answers online. According to this lecture,...
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Why is it that the least reactive metals are the best electrical conductors?

Silver, Gold and Platinum are amongst the best conductors of electricity, but also the amongst the most unreactive. Since electrical conductivity depends on the number of delocalized electrons (along ...
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Relation of conductivity with electrode distance [closed]

Conductivity is defined as the conduction of ions when the distance between the electrodes is 1 cm and length is 1 cm. Say for instance we have a solution where the distance between the electrodes is ...
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Conductivity as a function of acid concentration

I have conducted an experiment measuring the conductivity of both hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid in solution respectively, with varying concentration. Wikipedia as well as a question on the site ...
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Fabrication and/or Selection of a Single Crystal Ionic Conductor

I want to fabricate or buy single crystal ionic conductors for usage as solid state electrolytes in batteries testing. However, I am having trouble finding anyone that can sell appropriate materials. ...
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Looking for a theory predicting conductivity values of electrolytes at higher concentrations

I'm looking for a theory to calculate the electrical conductivity of electrolytes, namely $\ce{NaCl}$ and tartaric acid ($\ce{C4H6O6}$) dissolved in water, depending on their concentration. The only ...
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Why are ionic compounds bad conductors of electricity in solid state?

I understand the fact that ionic compounds are good conductors of electricity in molten state. But why aren't they good conductors in solid state. Cannot ions vibrate about their mean position and ...
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Conductivity measurements of demineralized water - Unexpected results. Looking for explanation

I'm trying to measure the conductivity change of demineralized water over a few days. But I get results I can't explain. Setup This is the circuit and cell I'm using: Where $R_x$ is the ...
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Molar Conductivities of H+ and OH- V/S other Ionic Electrolytes [duplicate]

The following table gives the Ionic Molar Conductivities of a few electrolytes in water. What are the reasons for the unusually high values for both H$^+$ and OH$^-$ even though both undergo solvation ...
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What solvent would have the fewest ions?

We know that water auto-ionizes (to a rather small extent). My question is which solvent would have the fewest ions (or at least fewer ions than water). I'm thinking that perhaps some kind of ...
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What is the unit of molar conductivity? [closed]

Could you explain what is unit of molar conductivity along with derivation
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Calculating conductivity of a solution given molar conductivities and concentration

From my understanding the conductivity of a solution ($K$) is given by the sum of the conductivities of ions in solution: $$K = c(K_{m,1}+K_{m,2})$$ Where $c$ is the concentration, and $k_{m1}$ and $...