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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Why are alkaline solutions stronger reducing agents?

From what I understand , an alkaline solution is a solution which has more OH- ions. So , doesn't that mean it should be a stronger oxidising agent since there are more OH- ions which are likely to ...
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Need of ZnSo4 in an Electrochemical Cell

My book states that - in an electrochemical it's that same displacement reaction that is happening but instead Zn (in this case) is kept at some distance.Can anybody explain the role of ZnSo4 here.As ...
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how to find the NH3 and NH4 in the water? [on hold]

how to find NH3 and NH4 in the water ?
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How can a neutral atom attract electrons when it's supposed to have zero charge?

A neutral atom is an atom with an equal number of protons and electrons We know the force of attraction between the proton and electron is equal and assuming that: one proton's positive charge ...
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Why doesn't anyone manufacture 4.5 V cells?

Every 4.5 V lantern batteries are a series of three 1.5 V cells. It would have more capacity if it consisted of single 4.5 V cell. But I don't see any 4.5 V cell. According to Wikipedia's Standard ...
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Electrolytic cell - Potentials

I'm an electronic engineer student and I'm trying to understand the basics of electrolytic cells and practical values' meaning. Based on my figure and electrode potencial values (Vce, Vre and Vwe), ...
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Can sulfuric acid itself be electrolysed?

We all could know by now that water can be electrolysed by adding some sulfuric acid.:) But is it possible that the sulfuric acid itself becomes electrolysed when the concentration of the acid in the ...
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Determining formula of potassium molybdate from the amount of metal deposited during electrolysis

$\ce{K2MoO_n}$ in an acidified solution is electrolysed, $\pu{0.112 L}$ of oxygen is liberated and $\pu{0.32 g}$ of $\ce{Mo}$ is deposited (Atomic mass = $96$). Find $n.$ Now for this, I calculated ...
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Why my Daniel cell's voltage increase efficiency continued to drop? Please tell me why?

I'm high school student. I did a Daniel cell experiment, and I connected several Daniel batteries, but the voltage increase efficiency continued to drop. For example, 1V, 1.8V, 2.5V when 1, 2, 3 are ...
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What is the equation for solving the concentration of the unknown from a Single-point Standard Addition Calibration for Potentiometry?

I know how to use the standard addition equation for a single-point analysis from an equation I got from the Analytical Chemistry book "Quantitative Chemical Analysis" 9ed by D. Harris. However, ...
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Calculating ionic strength and pH of a buffer solution [closed]

Im trying to calculate ion strength and pH of solution. Components of the solution: 47 ul of 1000 pmol DNA in Elution Buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5) was bound to 3 ul of 10 µM YoYo1 (flourescent dye) ...
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What is the correct definition for the activation Gibbs energy?

i found several definitions of the activation energy in electrochemistry, but i dont know why they are different. For example in Atkins "Physical Chemistry" the activation gibbs energy is defined as: ...
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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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Rechargeable Battery Based on Neutralization Reaction of Acid and Base [closed]

The neutralization reaction, such as $\ce{HCl + NaOH → NaCl + H2O}$, generates heat, which is around $\pu{57.30 kJ/mol}$. Can we use this energy to design a battery? This idea occurs in my mind for a ...
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Heisenberg's uncertainity principle(HUC)

I know the mathematical form of HUC and its statement i.e.It is impossible to determine simultaneously. , the exact position and momentum of an electron. i don't know why this ...
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Confused with 'discharge potential',preferential discharge theory [on hold]

My book says that the ions which have least value of discharge potential are deposited first in the concerned electrode because the 'require' the least energy to do so.I am confused by 'require' , do ...
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How to find out the value of 'n' in the equation (ΔG = −nFE)? [duplicate]

I can figure out the value of 'n' in simple equations like Fe³⁺ + e⁻ → Fe²⁺ (which would be n=1 here.) But in equations like 2Cu⁺→ Cu²⁺ + Cu, I can't figure it out. I assumed the value of n would be ...
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Can the Galvanic cell use a different ionic solution?

It makes sense that water-soluble salt when dissolved in water, they conduct electricity. Then when using the old method of the Volta Battery(using copper and zinc) with a different water-soluble ...
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Electroplating boat hulls with ceramic like material containing copper oxide to prevent barnacles from sticking?

Calcium bentonite can be electroplated onto steel. After it is electroplated on to steel it has a rough and porous like surface that is very hard and tough. If you were to electroplate a thin layer ...
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How to write cell equation for $ \ce{H2|H+||OH^{-}|O2} $?

How to write cell equation for $\ce{H2|H+||OH^{-}|O2}$ ?? I thought it should be $\ce {H2 + 1/2 O2 -> H+ +OH- }$. But I was told this is wrong. Which is the correct one. Please explain ??
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How do you calculate a half cell potential Copper(II) and Copper Sulfate?

I have to complete an experiment for school where I have copper and zinc electrodes placed into an electrolyte of copper sulfate and I have measured the potential across it at varying temperatures. ...
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Is the cathode and anode on the cell notation of an Electrolytic cell on the same side as if how you will write it for a Galvanic cell?

I was reading an online material then I came upon a cell notation for an electrolytic cell (I determined that it was an electrolytic cell because of the absence of a salt bridge). Usually, I will ...
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How can I calculate for the theoritical potential needed to precipitate a metal in an electrolytic cell?

We were given a problem where we are to calculate the theoretical potential needed to initiate the deposition of $\ce{Cu^2+}$ in a solution buffered to $\mathrm{pH} = 4.00$ and the IR drop associated ...
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In a half cell reaction, Is the potential halfed?

If you have an electrolyte of $\ce{Zn^2+}$ and $\ce{SO4^2-}$ (Neutral) Then you dip in it a Zinc electrode. Zinc potential is $\pu{-0.74 V}$ (relative to SHE). So that means there is a $\pu{-0.74V}$ ...
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Could such a galvanic cell exist

Imagine I have a galvanic cell where in one half cell there is a lump of potassium metal and molten KOH electrolyte, and in the other an inert electrode, as well as a molten KOH and the less active ...
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Why is the peak-to-peak separation of cyclic voltammetry is 57 mV?

I'm studying CV, and I wonder if I can calculate the peak-to-peak separation of CV for a reversible redox system. I found that the separation is 57 mV on my textbook, and my teacher taught me that is ...
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Is it possible to synthesize permanganate electrochemically?

I have been researching the production of peroxy acids and other strong oxidizers. I was wondering if it's possible to produce permanganic acid if I were to cast an anode containing Manganese Dioxide ...
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What is the benefit of high surface area electrodes?

Some electrolytic apparatus is equipped with high surface area electrodes. The number of reduced/oxidized atoms is proportional to the total charge flowing through the cell. Does increasing surface ...
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Calculating Equilibrium Constant from Cell Potential at Nonstandard Temperature

I'm currently working on a problem for a general chemistry class. This is the voltaic cell given in the problem: $$\ce{Sn^4+(aq) + Cu(s) -> Sn^2+(aq) + Cu^2+(aq)}$$ $$E^\circ_{cell} = \pu{-0.21 V}$$...
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Non-zero current flow through an electrolytic cell, when an electric potential lesser than that needed for electrolysis is applied?

For instance, the potential needed for water splitting is $\pu{1.23V}$. However, there is current flow even at lower potentials (say $\pu{0.5V}$). Clearly, there is no redox reaction happening in the ...
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How can I determine the electrode potential of ethanoic acid redox reaction?

I'm conducting a research paper on the effect of surface area ratio from anode to cathode and the electrode material on the rate of electrolysis of ethanoic acid by measuring the volume of carbon ...
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Finding the pH of the solution

In this video, at 3:30 min professor solves two equations $$\ce{H2O —> H+ + OH-}$$ and $$ \ce{HCl —> H+ + Cl-}$$ and deduces $[\ce{H+}] = [\ce{Cl-}] +[\ce{OH-}]$. How come this happen from ...
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Electrolysis of a calcium salt in polar aprotic solvent

If i found a calcium salt that is soluble in acetone or ethyl acetate, which are polar aprotic solvents, and attempted electrolysis, what would happen? Since polar aprotic solvents are used in metal-...
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Explain why can't zinc be plated out from a Zn(II) solution using standard reduction potentials

I am currently learning about electrochemistry using Zumdahl's Chemistry [1, pp. 709–710]. One of the critical thinking questions is Why can $\ce{Zn}$ not be plated out from an aqueous solution of $...
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Finding EMF of a galvanic cell without standard potentials

For the galvanic cell $$\ce{Ag | AgCl(s), KCl (\pu{0.2 M}) || KBr (\pu{0.001 M}), AgBr(s) | Ag}$$ find the EMF generated given $K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{AgCl}) = \pu{2.8e-10},$ $K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{...
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Gibbs free energy calculation for redox reaction

I was wondering if it is correct to calculate the Gibbs free energy of reaction at $P = \pu{1 atm}$ and $T = \pu{1100 K}$ using the NIST-JANAF thermochemical tables. For example, for the reaction of ...
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Is the Standard hydrogen electrode potential at T other than 298 K also zero?

The standard hydrogen electrode potential by conventional at 298 K is taken to be 0.00 volts. This is what I have been taught. It talks about SHE at 298 K, so is the hydrogen electrode potential at a ...
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Detecting trash (plastic) burning smoke with sensors [closed]

I’m not a chemist, but a software engineer. I’m trying to build a device that could detect if someone is burning trash (mostly plastics and similar materials) vs wood or diesel. At my disposal I have ...
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Can a Titanium Grade 5 alloy produced by SLM have greater 'surface area' exposed?

I was doing an electrochemical test (LPR) and Titanium Grade 5 produced by AM respassivated oxide layer faster than the specimen produced with traditional manufacturing under identical experimental ...
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Current reversal in galvanic cell according to Nernst equation

In a galvanic cell with zinc, zinc sulphate solution and copper, copper sulphate solution, if at equilibrium concentration of zinc sulphate solution increased/copper sulphate solution decreased, will ...
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Calculating ideal chemical work using extent of reaction and chemical potential

I have a electrochemical reactor assumed isothermal and isobaric with 4 reactions and I am trying to calculate the "ideal chemical work' exerted by each reaction using the extent of reactions for each ...
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Generating colloids / nano-particles from palladium and platinum wire

I know I can generate colloidal silver from the following link generate colloidal silver I now have 2 palladium and 2 platinum wires and would like to make one colloidal solution of palladium and one ...
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What happens when two galvanic cells are placed in series

I understand how a single galvanic cell works, and the relation of equilibrium and the Nernst equation. But this appears to contradict the higher voltage in a series configuration because it ...
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How electric field work inside a battery? [closed]

Suppose Beaker A contains Zn rod submerged in zinc sulphate solution.At the electrode/electrolyte interface ,since the force felt by the solvent molecules and ions are anisotropic because of the ...
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How can electron move between two metals without the presence of electric field?

Electron can move from one location to another if it feels a force that is if there is a presence of electric field. Now suppose I have a $\ce{Zn}$ rod immersed in $\ce{CuSO4}$ solution. Electrons are ...
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questions about half cell of Daniell cell

My questions are as follows: For the Daniell cell, we assume that ZnSO4 and CuSO4 are 1M aqueous solutions. What if we use pure molten ZnSO4 and CuSO4 instead? Assume that we prepare an isolated half-...
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Conductance of the mixture of two solutions with given resistance values [duplicate]

If $R_1$ and $R_2$ are the resistances of two solutions of equal volume what is the conductance of the mixture in the same conductivity cell? In general, I grasped neither the approach, nor the ...
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Molar conductivity of transition metal complexes solutions [closed]

Which of the following has the highest molar conductivity? (A) Diaminedichloroplatinum(I) (B) Tetraamminedichlorocobalt(III) chloride (C) Potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) (D) Hexaaquochromium(...
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How to calculate the value of heat absorption/ heat release during water electrolysis?

The overall reactions with the enthalpies of water electrolysis at room temperature can be represented by the equation below: $$\ce{2H2O + \pu{237.2 kJ mol-1} + \pu{48.6 kJ mol-1} → 2 H2 + O2}$$ ...
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Why protons combined with electrons will release heat? [closed]

During water electrolysis, the electrochemical reaction on the cathode side can be expressed as protons combined with electrons to form hydrogen. I believe this electrochemical reaction is a heat ...