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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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What is the purpose of the solution in a galvanic cell?

In other words: What is the purpose of the solution that the electrodes are immersed in, in a galvanic cell, and is it possible to generate a current without any solution?
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Concentration cell lower half cell concentration from measured cell potential

I am trying to find the Ksp of silver thiocyanate: AgSCN(s) --> Ag+ (aq)SCN-(aq) but I need to first prove that the lower [Ag+] = 1.27-12 M, but don't know how to find it. The data I am given: ...
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The feasibility of the electrochemical cell.

This is the question extracted from my country high school level' exam. So it asks to discuss the feasibility of the electrochemical cell to carry out electrolysis of an aqueous solution of sodium ...
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How is streaming potential measured?

This paper describes the measurement of streaming potential using a potential divider configuration. However it is unclear where the potential difference is created. From the diagram it appears that ...
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Salt bridge in galvanic cell

When we make a galvanic cell using zinc rod (in zinc sulphate solution) and copper rod (in copper sulphate solution), there is a flow of sulphate ions from the copper compartment to the zinc ...
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Can a system be designed which equates reaction rates of endothermic reactions using a single power source?

My goal is to use a single source of heat in an experiment with 2 separate endothermic reactions. My hypothesis is that by conducting this experiment under water, the reaction time of both of the ...
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Standard Reduction Potentials and Electropositivity

I was looking through a table of standard reduction potentials and the trend seemed like it correlated with electropositivity. Is it reasonable to qualitatively compare two metals to see which has a ...
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Boiling nitric acid and gold plating

I was watching a YouTube video "Home Brew Gold Plating" by Cody'sLab and had a few questions. In the video to dissolve the gold first he creates a mixture of $\ce{HCl}$ and $\ce{HNO3}$ (aqua regia). ...
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Why electrons move to Cu in galvanic cells?

I'm student who learning about chemistry, and I got problem about understanding why electorns move to Cu in galvanic cells. Let's think the reason for electrons going to Cu is that the standard ...
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What drives the redox reactions in a standard hydrogen electrode?

In this video, the SHE half cell has two redox reactions occurring i.e. $$\ce{2H+ (g) + 2e- <=> H2 (g)}\\ \ce{H2 (g) <=> 2H+ (g) + 2e-}$$ But how can a single half cell initiate the two ...
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Does the concentration affect the voltage in electrochemistry

Hello for my final chemistry lab we are doing electrochemistry. For my independent lab I'm using 10mL of ZnSO4 and 10mL of CuSO4. Then connect them with a salt bridge. I connect Zn metal and Cu metal ...
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Galvanic/Voltaic Cell: Does Cell Voltage Change When A Resistor Is Connected?

I tried making a lead acid battery. After charging for about 10 minutes, I connect the voltmeter in parallel to the cell and see that there is around a 1.2V (which is quite lower than what I predicted)...
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How connecting galvanic batteries in series actually works. “In Series” detection experiment

How I am interested in understanding what is the actual mechanism behind increasing potential in simple galvanic cell connected in series. Almost all explanations I found on internet are more like ...
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Why is the standard reduction potential of an anode negative in a galvanic cell?

It makes not intuitive sense to me why something can have a negative voltage , I understand the concept of voltage drop , but voltage is not being dropped in the anode so why would it be negative ?
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How does electrolytic conduction depends on the size of ions & their solvation?

The textbook says, The smaller the effective size of the ion after solvation, the greater will be its conducting power." But, on the Internet, it is explained as follows: Radius decreases, ...
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In a galvanic cell from where does the electron in the external circuit come from?

I know that in a galvanic cell anode donates electrons through the external circuit. Is that the same electrons that the electrolyte gives it ?
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Why do we talk about hydrogen evolution for the corrosion of aluminum?

During the corrosion of aluminum, we have the oxidation of aluminum to its ionic form and this reaction is balanced by a reduction of ions in solution. So basically it is the reduction of $\ce{H+}$ ...
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How do galvanic cells work?

I was wondering how a galvanic cell works If you look at the picture below, if I have magnesium metal in sulfuric acid, will the metal react with the acid to be then turned into magnesium ions and in ...
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Calculating cell-potentials

I have measured the cell potential between a number of metals e.g. Ni, Pb, Al, Cu and Zn by constructing a galvanic cell and then used a voltmeter to measure the potential. Now, if I want to ...
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what is meant by stability and potential energy of molecules in cases of formation of bonds?

molecules form chemical bonds in order to gain stability. it is said that forming bonds leads to lower potential energy of molecules and makes them stable. what does stability mean? how formation of ...
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how to separate aluminum from aluminum alloy

In an attempt to produce aluminum oxide ($\ce{Al2O3}$) also known by alumina I try it out to dissolve two old hard drive frame in brine solution one as the cathode and the second as anode, in the ...
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Working principle of simple chemical cells

I have just learnt about simple chemical cells but I have no idea how to determine which cells will work and which will not and the working principle of those cells. I know that a chemical cell with $...
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Would a hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell be a good choice for energy storage and generation in H2 rich atmospheric environments?

So imagine an atmospheric probe sent to enter the atmosphere of a giant gas planet. There would be no need to store hydrogen since a compressor or an inlet with sufficient dynamic pressure would allow ...
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Determining the theoretical mass of gas produced through the process of electrolysis

I have a question that has been stumping me for quite some time. I wish to calculate the mass of gas that is produced from varying concentrations of salt (NaCl) through the process of electrolysis. I ...
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Can a galvanic electrochemical cell produce current only one time without a salt bridge?

I think that galvanic cell produce current only one time without salt bridge. Potentional difference of both the electrodes are different and the electrons flow till their difference becomes same.Salt ...
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How do I determine which is the reduction reaction in a hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate solution?

How was it determined that $\ce{MnO4-}$ was reduction, and $\ce{H2O2}$ was oxidation? Also, why wasn’t the equation $$\ce{MnO4- + 2H2O + 3e- -> MnO2 +4OH-}$$ used? Or the $$\ce{H2O2 + 2H+ +2e- -&...
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How to remove hydrate from Fe(NO3)3 . 9H2O?

I am currently in a dilemma where I need to have pure Iron (III) nitrate, but I have Iron (III) nitrate 9 hydrate in order to do a lab experiment where I investigate voltaic cell. I am pretty sure the ...