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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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Some materials emit more photoelectrons than others - why?

Again, I'm a physicist turning to chemists (so bear with me). So I've been measuring some materials by changing the wavelength of the incident light on the material and I have a detecting tip like in ...
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Does a zinc metal coating react with coffee in a coffee grinder?

I'm restoring an old coffee grinder and I want to give the grinder mechanism a nice zinc / silver coating. But I read it is not safe for zinc to be in contact with acidic foods. When I look at the ...
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What exactly is an “electron-sponge”?

What exactly an "electron-sponge" [behavior/action/property/system] nickname is, and what makes a material an "electron-sponge" (preferably, quantitatively)? From what I found, it's typically a ...
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What are the factors that affect the redox reactions?

In my work, I used $\ce{Co(OH)2}$ and $\ce{Ni(OH)2}$ as an active materials to fabricate as symmetric supercapacitors in which I used 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium dicyanamide as an electrolyte. From ...
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Thought Experiment: Is it possible to preserve the charge imbalance present during molten lead(II) bromide electrolysis?

Suppose I were to electrolyse some molten lead(II) bromide. According to what I have been taught, the lead ions travel towards the cathode and are reduced at it, while the bromide ions are oxidised at ...
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Removal of nickel plating on MgB2 without damaging the boride?

I need to remove a nickel plating of a MgB2 wire without causing damage to the MgB2. I felt that electrolysis is the best method but I do not know what electrolyte to use for this. I also need to coat ...
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Reduction of vanadyl ion

I want to reduce vanadyl to vanadium (III), can somebody please suggest some appropriate methods for it? I am trying to make a redox flow battery for a project but I have only vanadyl sulfate.
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Meaning of electrochemical vs nonelectrochemical steps

Can someone please explain to me what is meant by an electrochemical reaction step and how it differs from a nonelectrochemical reaction step in the same overall reaction in the context of ...
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Concept of Limiting Current

I am investigating the current output from an electrochemical cell. The electrochemical cell can be broken down into several stages, for example: Diffusion of reactants across a capillary Diffusion ...
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Is electric current always necessary to make cathodic protection possible?

Can a cathodic protection system still work if there is no current between the anode and cathode?
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Why does the electrolyte used in Lechlanché cell turn blue?

In my school there are jars which are turned into Lechlanché cells. Basically the cell has aqueous ammonium chloride solution as the electrolyte which is obviously transparent in the beginning. The ...
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Why does the open circuit voltage of a battery decrease with increase in pH of electrolyte, but the voltage across a load increase?

I tested a cell which had aluminum sulfate as its anode electrolyte (12 grams aluminum in 50 mL water and a pH of 3.2), and potassium hydroxide as the cathode electrolyte (5 grams of KOH in 200 g of ...
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An alternate purification process for sugar separation form bee honey?

Bee honey contains 75% sugars (Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Sucrose and others), some water and low amount of different compounds (up to 5%) Wiki. Basic purification is done by addition of phosphoric ...
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Does the temperature of water change during electrolysis?

Applying an electric potential to impure water splits water into its constituents H/O. Does the temperature of the electrolyte change during this electrolysis?
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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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Question about the composition of a 1902 non-polarisable electrode diagram by Jagadis Bose

In his work, "Response in The Living and Non-living" (1902); page 6, Jagadis Bose describes a method for detecting nerve response. He explains that he uses iso-electric contacts with no current in the ...
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Choosing electrodes for corrosive environments

Background I'm building a watering robot for my household plants. For the purpose of measuring the moisture content of the plant I intend to use a resisitive approach where I pass an electric current ...
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Removing Tungsten Trioxide from Tungsten Electrode

I need a very sharp tungsten electrode, and I think radial electrochemical etching with sodium hydroxide is the way to go. The problem therein (I think) is that the etching will cause an oxide layer ...
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Does Reduction Potential affect rate of electrolysis

I am currently doing a project on electrolysis, and I was wondering if the reduction potential (ie. $E^0$) will affect the rate of electrolysis. In other words, across different cells with differing $...
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Electrochemistry: Does ion flow from one half-cell to another?

My textbook says one of the functions of a salt bridge is that "it completes the circuit by allowing ions to move from one half-cell to another". However, according to my understanding, only the ions ...
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White mucous substance forming around iron paper clip during electrolysis

I'm using a graphite cathode and an iron paper-clip anode, in a saltwater solution, basically to produce rust. I've done this before with no complications, but this time I noticed a white, mucous ...
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Conductivity of electrolyte solution

I found a relationship online between the conductivity of electrolyte and current. $$i = F \sum_i z_i N_i = F^2 \left( \sum_i z_i^2 u_i c_i \right)\nabla\phi = -\kappa\nabla\phi \qquad \kappa = F^2 \...
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CV redox peaks and Gamry Potentiometer

I'm using Gamry Potentiometer for taking CV measurements for finding the appropriate voltage values for oxidation/reduction peaks and Echem Analyst for analyzing. CV measurements has performed on ...
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Understanding Chemical Potential (Li-ion)

Can anyone help me to understand what the "Chemical Potential" is? I can see that in batteries the electrical energy is stored as "chemical potential", according to this: Li-ion batteries, Na-ion ...
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Problems with Daniell cell

In Zemansky and Dittman's book on thermodynamics, pages 41–43, the authors discuss the Daniell cell as a thermodynamic system. Their cell consists of two saturated $\ce{CuSO4}$ and $\ce{ZnSO4}$ ...
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Why does chromium metal not react with a solution of Mg^2+ even though their standard cell potentials produce a net positive voltages?

Write net equations for the spontaneous redox reactions that occur during the following or NONE if there is no extensive reaction. Use the lowest possible coefficients. Include states-of-matter under ...
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How to calculate the thickness of the double layer at an electrode

I need help calculating a double layer thickness. In this situation two insulated planar electrodes are placed in an electrolyte (in this case drinking water) and a voltage is applied to them of 10V ...
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Does Fluoroborate gets used up in Electroplating

I've been working on Tin electroplating on the side for a while now. I've formulated a mix from my usual electroplating formula template. The mix stubbornly keeps on having the Tin ions form Tin ...
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Calculation of optimal current density

I'm trying to figure out what my optimal current density would be in respect to the limiting current density. How do you calculate concentration polarization and limiting current density in an ...
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How do I calculate the viscosity of a mixture of toluene and isopropanol?

I am trying to understand why my nanoparticles will only electrophoretically deposit in a non-polar solvent and a non-polar/polar solvent mix but not in the polar solvent. I am hoping to use zeta ...
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Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting

I'm starting to prepare for my research project on photoelectrochemical (PEC) splitting of water into H and O using (F doped) titanium dioxide as the photoanode. I've been unsuccessfully searching in ...
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How will the transference number of H+ ion in a dilute solution vary as temperature increases?

I know that transference number depends on Ionic mobility, which depends on temperature. But is there any equation which describes the relation of Transference number and temperature, any ions like H+....
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What is the ideal temperature and pressure to crack water?

Using sun mirrors and solar cells for electricity. What temperature, pressure and voltage ideal for cracking water. Source: NPR Source Would it take more or less electricity to crack water under ...
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Why do electrocatalysts based on polyoxometalates and carbon materials have a weaker activity/performance in acidic media?

I am testing now some doped N and S doped carbon nanomaterials alone and immobilized in POM for the purpose of developing a nanocomposite that can serve as an electrocatalyst for energy-related ...
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Existence of single ion activities

I have used Davies equation to find what I believed was single ion activities and multiplied them on concentrations to define the thermodynamic dissociation constants for any kind of buffer to find ...
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How to Separate Copper Nanowires in an Alumina Membrane

So, in my Chemistry Lab we had an experiment to use Whatman alumina membranes and GaIn eutectic to create Nickel nanowires through electrodeposition. So essentially Nickel wire electrode and alumina ...
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The effect of the voltage at the Downs cell

I referred the Wikipedia and Advance Chemistry by Philip Matthews, for having a much comprehension on the down cell, but there was a opposition while reading the both references. Wikipedia states ...
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Why are signals broadened in polarography?

In the attached polarogram from Heyvrovsky's 1959 Nobel lecture, transitions from one plateau to the next are smoothened out rather than sharp and abrupt. Why is that? I understand that currents were ...
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Electrodes involving sparingly soluble salts (Electrodes of the second kind)

Consider the sparingly soluble salt, $\ce{AgI}$ ($K_\text{sp} = 8.52\times10^{-17}$) and a silver electrode (Standard Reduction Potential = $\pu{0.799V}$). $\pu{0.02L}$ of $\pu{0.001M}~\ce{KI}$ ...
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why do we modelize an electronic double layer with a classic capacitor?

in an electronic double layer, there is a voltage drop between the metal and the solution but in the litterature, scientists always modelize EDL with a classic capacitor. My question is why ? because ...
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Is flow battery cycle life really as high as the literature claims?

I've seen a few reviews/journal articles now which claim that flow battery cycle life reaches the 10,000 mark and beyond with good capacity retention. However all of the primary sources I've came ...
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What can explain the more weight gain of aluminum coated steel than non-coated steel after NaCl immersion?

I have a 2 week experiment. I put aluminum coated and non-coated steel of the same size and shape in separate beakers with NaCl solution. Both are sealed. But, I am surprised that Al coated steel ...
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What are the effects of Ag/AgCl electrode liquid interface contamination?

I have been using a $\ce{Ag/AgCl}$ electrode with a porous teflon tip to measure open circuit potential between two electrodes separated by a membrane. I am worried that reagents such as iron chloride ...
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What is the effect of the surface area of an electrode on the emf of a cell?

I've read that a platinum electrode has no effect in a hydrogen fuel cell - why is this? Also, what is the effect of the surface area of an electrode such as zinc in a zinc copper cell?
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Can I anodize an aluminum coating on steel to have better corrosion inhibition for the steel?

I am planning to coat aluminum on steel and I want to give the steel its maximum corrosion protection. Is anodizing the coating necessary?
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Physical Chemistry: Calculating ΔG, ΔH, ΔS on a given equation

This question was brought in class, but I have no clue if my answer is correct or not. I wonder if you guys can double check my answer. Between $\pu{0 ^\circ C}$ and $90 ^\circ C$, the potential ...
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Would an aqueous solution of Zn(2+) develop a positive charge if solid zinc was dipped into it?

Say you have a beaker containing $\pu{1M}$ solution of $\ce{ZnSO4}$. The solution will be electrically neutral because there will be an equal number of cations and anions. If you then put a zinc ...
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How to slow/prevent corrosion of a steel post

I have a steel post set in limestone, about 18-20 inches deep, with some concrete around it. I just noticed that I have about 6 inches of water inside the post. The limestone had a small seam in it ...
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equilibrium state of a galvanic cell

At what conditions does equilibrium attain in the galvanic cell. What exactly happens at the equilibrium state of a galvanic cell redox reaction. Consider the setup Zn|Zn2+||Cu2+|Cu, Where Anode: $...
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How to calculate the electromotive force of a silver chloride/ silver bromide cell?

For the galvanic cell: $\ce{Ag|AgCl(s)|KCl(0.2M)||KBr(0.001M)|AgBr(s)|Ag}$, calculate the electromotive force (EMF) generated. $K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{AgCl}) = 2.8\times10^{-10}$; $K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{...