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Questions tagged [electrochemistry]

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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canada supplier bis(sodiumsulfopropyl)disulfide (SPS) for copper plating [on hold]

I am looking for a Canadian supplier of bis(sodiumsulfopropyl)disulfide (SPS) to use in a copper plating bath. (1 Kg approx) It is an "accelerant" that promotes preferential plating at the bottom of ...
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Does reduction/ oxidation take place separately at a half cell electrode?

In the redox reaction chapter, we learn that oxidation and reduction go hand in hand. The oxidising agent oxidises by accepting the electron released by the reducing agent and gets reduced in the ...
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Cause of imaginary part of Warburg element in EIS

In electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments (EIS) the diffusion of electroactive species at flat, macroscopic electrodes is commonly described by the Warburg element with the impedance ...
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Troubleshooting electrochemical batteries

For my science classes, I have built multiple types of electrochemical batteries utilizing oxidation-reduction reactions, and I have demonstrated that they each produce potential difference across the ...
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What determines the speed of charging of a battery?

I was told on physics.stackexchange that this question belongs to Chemistry, what do you think? Recently we have seen the surge of superfast mobile phone charging. Just an example: http://www.bbc.com/...
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Reduction potential as a function of pH

I have read that Latimer diagrams can be represented both in an acidic medium (pH = 0) and in a basic medium (pH = 14). I would like to know how to calculate the reduction potentials as a function of ...
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What is the interaction between dissolved ions of opposite valence in a solution at rest?

NaCl is dissolved in water. Ions sodium and chloride are sufficiently free from each other so that they may occupy different regions of the solution after an active transport process through a ...
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can parallel circuits be used for the efficient production during series of experiments? [on hold]

can parallel circuits be used for the efficient production during series of experiments. Where the voltage and current will determine how much each product will be produced in the end of each ...
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Does using H2O2 instead of H2O for rust removal with electrolysis minimizes the embrittlement? [on hold]

First, Excuse me for my ignorance about this topic. What I've done so far: I'm doing some DIY rust removal experiments, and the goal is to reduce embrittlement phenomenon caused by Hydrogen. ...
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Where am I wrong in the concentration potential calculation? [on hold]

With regard to concentration cells I have seen $E^\circ_\mathrm{cell}$ being calculated to be zero. However we have had this notion that $$E^\circ_\mathrm{cell} = E^\circ_\text{cathode(reduction)} - ...
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Help understanding Electrochemistry diagram

I was reading some literature when i came across the following figure and was wondering if someone could help explain it to me. I see on the vertical axis it is potential vs Li/Li+ and see that Oxides ...
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What does the osmotic pressure do in an electrolytic solution?

I have learnt that in an electrochemical cell, the osmotic pressure in the solution hinders the flow of ions from the electrode to the solution, rather some ions may accumulate on the electrode ...
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Electrolysis of urine [duplicate]

Quetions. What is the most easiest method of electrolyzing urea (urine)? What should be the electrode and anode in order to allow formation of chlorine gas but eliminate formation of copper (II) ...
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Why is $E°_{cell}$ not $\Delta E°_{cell}$?

$E°_{cell}$ is the EMF of the cell for a reaction with respect to standard hydrogen electrode(SHE). So why don't we represent $E°_{cell}$ or $E_{cell}$ by $\Delta$ symbol, in the same manner in which ...
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Electric fields in a galvanic cell

I have read hat there is two types of electric fields exist in galvanic cell.I understand E because of charges accumulated on electrodes but what about other E -field? What does cause this field and ...
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Electrochemical Cell

Now in an electrochemical cell , we make use of the fact that whenever there is a potential drop , electrons will flow from lower to higher potential as for a potential drop , there must be an ...
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What dictates cathode vs anode nomenclature use?

what was the justification for the use the cathode and anode terminology in IEF? There is no redox taking place in IEF, just proteins interacting with an electric field
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Positive or Negative Anode/Cathode in Electrolytic/Galvanic Cell

In a galvanic (voltaic) cell, the anode is considered negative and the cathode is considered positive. This seems reasonable as the anode is the source of electrons and cathode is where the electrons ...
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Is a discharged battery in a state of chemical equilibrium?

A reaction that has reached chemical equilibrium no longer shows changes in reactant and product concentrations, but forward and reverse reactions are still going on. I'm confused whether a completely ...
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Is pH in a charged hydrogel and its supernatant solution constant?

Let us assume we deal with ideal systems without interactions. The gel phase and the supernatant solution phase are in thermodynamic equilibrium. The supernatant solution shall consist of different ...
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In a galvanic cell,do charges accumulate on electrodes 1st (then redox occur) which produce E in the wire when we connect between electrodes? [closed]

We study that when we connect a wire between the terminals of a battery ,an electric field in established between terminals due to potential difference .Is the potential difference result of ...
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How does different pH affect copper electroplating [closed]

I'm currently investigating the effect on the concentration of hydrogen ions in the copper sulfate solution on the amount of copper deposited on the cathode within a certain amount of time. I've ...
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Calculate the standard oxidation potential from given potentials

The standard electrode potentials for the following redox couples are given as: >$E_0(\ce{Fe^{2+}/Fe}) = x~\mathrm{V}$ and $ E_0(\ce{Fe^{3+}/Fe^{2+}}) = y~\mathrm{V}$ What will be potential $E_0(\ce{...
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Is it true that “Voigt Circuit” would be able to be fitted to various electrochemical impedance spectra?

"Voigt Circuit" which is a series combination of Voigt elements (i.e. parallel RC's), is commonly used for Kramers-Kronig relations checking; and as I imagine it is generally believed to be able to be ...
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General Oxidant - Reductant Battery

In general, is it true that if I connect an aqueous oxidant to an aqueous reductant via a wire then a current flows along the wire? In particular, does current flow in the following scenario? Imagine ...
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Electrolytes in electrochemical half cells

In most of the examples in my book I have come across, the electrolyte for an electrochemical half cell has always been the aqueous version of the metal used. For example, a silver electrode is ...
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Can I use a digital multimeter as substitute for a zero resistance ammeter?

I am testing the galvanic corrosion between two metals, following ASTM G71. In this method, a zero resistance ammeter was the material presented to determine the galvanic current measurements. ...
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Amperage for the electrolysis of water?

I am electrolysing water using several different potential catalysts for my eight grade science fair project. The electrolysis will be running at 2 to 2.5 volts over nickel electrodes, as I do not ...
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How does one electroplate Lithium onto a conductive metal? [closed]

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 ...
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Nernst equation for a fuel cell when gases are stored separately

I have run some tests with a PEM fuel cell and the voltage we have found was $1.44\ \mathrm{V}$. Given that the standard potential for a fuel cell is $1.229\ \mathrm{V}$ what is causing the difference ...
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Electrolytic refining of precious metals — why the anode rather than the cathode? [closed]

In electrolytic refining, metals like platinum and gold are deposited as anode mud. Why aren't they deposited on the cathode since they have higher reduction potential?
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What is entropy change in electrochemistry?

I keep seeing entropy change (or reversible effects) and irreversible effects (Joule heating) when reading about charging and discharging of Li-ion batteries. I understand the Joule heating part (the ...
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Hydrogen fuel cell - why do the H+ ions move through the electrolyte

Consider the following hydrogen fuel cell http://butane.chem.uiuc.edu/pshapley/Enlist/Labs/FuelCellLab/FuelCell.html At the anode, hydrogen is oxidised (losing electrons). My first question is this: ...
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Why does magnesium deposit during electrolysis of a molten mixture of MgI2 and AlBr3?

During the electrolysis of mixed salts, I read, and was taught, that the cation with a higher ionization energy would deposit at the cathode. I was also told that you cannot use the standard electrode ...
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Why not create a latent heat battery?

Since latent heat is not sensible, it seems like it would be useful in creating an efficient battery. Sensible heat interferes with electron flow in standard lead-acid and other batteries. The latent ...
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Application of Nernst Equation in Potentiometric titration of Fe2+ with Ce4+

It is well Known that to find $E_{cell}$ during titration of $Fe^{2+}$ with $Ce^{4+}$ we consider 3 domains: Before Equivalance point , $E_+ = E_{Fe^{3+}/Fe^{2+}}^o+\frac{RT}{nF}log\frac{[Fe^{3+}]}{...
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why is there a net current at halfwave potential?

Im wondering why there is a current measured at a halfwave potential? According to my understanding at the halfwave potential of a diffusion controlled reduction or oxiation at an electrode, there is ...
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Can I reverse an iron redox reaction with potassium hydroxide and electricity?

For a school project, about clean energy, me and my team are trying to build an iron battery. We are using a piece of iron (anode), potassium hydroxide (electrolyte), carbon electrode (cathode) ...
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Will magnesium undergo a redox reaction with zinc(II) or copper(II)?

Magnesium can do a redox reaction with $\ce{Cu^2+}$ as well as with $\ce{Zn^2+}$, since Mg has the lowest reduction potential $E_0$. (I am aware that a reaction may or may not be feasible as redox, ...
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Do We change sign of electrode potential when reversing an equation?

I have a cell equation as: $$\ce{2Cr^0 + 3Cd^2+ -> 2Cr^3+ + 3Cd^0}$$ I am provided the standard reduction potentials as: $$\begin{align}\ce{Cd^2+ + 2e- &-> Cd} && E= \pu{-0.4V}\...
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Surface modelization of an electrode

I am trying to model the interaction between an electrode and a saline solution through an RC circuit. A reference electrode is placed in the saline solution to measure the voltage between the ...
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Calculate how much hydrogen or oxygen will be produced in the electrolysis of water

Is there a way to exactly calculate the quantity of hydrogen or oxygen in a water electrolysis? I am thinking of a plain and simple electrolysis like an anode and kathode in salted water separating ...
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Is it possible to generate electricity by using two inert electrodes in a galvanic cell?

The Daniell cell has two active electrodes, meaning that both the copper and the zink electrodes participate in the redox reaction. However, in a lemon battery for example, the copper electrode is ...
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Nickel electroplating diamond grinding wheels

We can electroplate nickel on steel base with any density as we wish. For small diamond grits by pumping the solution we can electroplate the diamonds on the tool. But after some testings we find ...
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What is the cause of yellow discharge in beaker during the electrolysis of copper electrodes using copper sulfate electrolyte?

I have conducted an electrolysis experiment using a copper anode and cathode, and copper sulfate solution in a beaker connected to a power source using alligator clips. I varied the voltage and ...
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Electrolytes for Anodization at Home

I'm looking into anodization, and all the people doing it seem to have sulfuric acid as their first choice electrolyte, while others use sodium metabisulfate. Having simple access to exactly neither ...
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What is the safest way to hook up car battery jump cables and why? [closed]

I know that when both connecting and disconnecting battery jumper cables between two car batteries there is a prescribed safe way to do it. I can never remember the correct way because I can’t ...
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Could I settile for galvanized steel over stainless for salt corrosion resistance?

Bear with me, I'll get to the chemistry soon. I have a float tank that I want to attach a skimmer to. Unfortunately, the enclosure is weakened by cutting a hole out of the ABS plastic. The weight ...
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Why does NaCl act as a catalyst for the reaction of CuSO4 + H2O + Al?

I am analyzing a reaction between water sulfate copper and aluminum. A chunk of $\ce{Al}$, e.g., aluminum foil. I realize that a layer of $\ce{Al2O3}$ forms on the surface of the $\ce{Al}$, ...
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Electrolysis of diluted sulfuric acid

My teacher told me that electrolysis of dil. $\ce{H2SO4}$ (concentration below $50\%$) using inert electrodes results in gradual increase of the concentration of $\ce{H2SO4}$. I can't seem to figure ...