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 don't ions have one equilibrium potential? (Nernst equation)

I know that equilibrium potentials are dependent on the ratio of ion concentrations inside and outside of the cell and temperature. I also know that the equilibrium potential is reached when there is ...
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Why does the potential difference of a current drop, when silver nitrate is added to deionised water?

Semi-related to Why do some salt ions in solution conduct electricity better than others? After conducting more experiments, using deionised water as an analyte only, I found the potential difference ...
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Why are potentials of cells with magnesium electrode always lower than expected?

I have prepared the 1M water solution of magnesium acetate. Then I placed $\ce{Mg}$ and $\ce{Cu}$ electrodes in it. I predict there such reactions take place: $$\ce{Mg-2e^- \rightarrow Mg^{2+}}$$ $$\...
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Concentration of hydrochloric acid for electrolysis?

How much hydrochloric acid (maximum) should I use to do electrolysis of water, and how much amount of voltage should I use to get the maximum of hydrogen and oxygen?
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Why do some salt ions in solution conduct electricity better than others?

My experiment involves a potentiometric titration, and I have used $\ce{AgNO3}$ as a titrant and KCl/KI/deionised water only as an analyte. In the image below of my data, the potential difference as ...
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The anode and cathode when corrosion happens

Let's say $\ce{Fe}$ reacts with $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$ ions. $\ce{Fe}$ would oxidize and therefore give electrons to $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$so that: $$\ce{Fe-> Fe^{2+} +2e-}$$ $$\ce{Cu^{2+} +2e^- ->Cu}$$ The ...
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Preparing CdSe electrodeposition bath

What is the best way of preparing an aqueous solution containing 5 mM $\ce{CdSO4}$, 1 mM $\ce{SeO2}$, 0.5 M $\ce{Na2SO4}$ and adjusting pH to 3 by adding 0.5 M $\ce{H2SO4}$? What is the ...
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Why do Electrons leave the Zinc in a Galvanic Cell

What induces electrons to leave the atoms around the part of the zinc metal in a solution to travel up along that zinc metal and above the solution, through the wire and to the copper metal and ...
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Reviving a 6 Volt lead-sulfuric acid battery

I have a 6 Volt sulfuric acid battery used to power a golf cart that has all the acid drained out, and the usual solution was to add more water to the battery however I am afraid that would not work ...
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Electrode for methanol

Could you advice an electrode for electrophoretic deposition in methanol which won't spoil methanol and also wont be spoiled by methanol. I googled a bit and found that 1 copper, platinum and gold are ...
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Sacrificial Anodes and Pit Corrosion

I have a slab of aluminum and one part of the slab will be exposed to a very corrosive environment. If I put a sacrificial anode elsewhere on the slab will the section that is exposed still be ...
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Heat given off from an electrochemical cell compared to mixing reactants

My confusion regarding the difference between the heat given off in a reaction that takes place in an electrochemical cell compared to in a beaker/appropriate container when the reactants are simple ...
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Can we make a rusting battery

Since in rusting (oxidation) of Iron, transfer of 4 electrons takes place is it possible to use this reaction under catalytic conditions to create a simple electric cell, even if it just gave a ...
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Is there an isotope effect for diffusion of an ion through a crystal lattice?

Consider the diffusion of natural abundance $\ce{Li^{+}}$ and $\ce{{}^{6}Li^{+}}$ through a crystalline matrix, say a spinel such as $\ce{LiMn2O4}$. The two lithium ions will have the same ionic ...
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Unusual color from leaking battery. What happened?

I was removing old batteries from a camera the other day. One of the batteries had leaked something very bright blue. I have seen batteries leak before and typically the colors look a bit like a ...
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Can I use one alkaline battery to recharge another?

Unfortunately, I don't have batteries to waste to test this myself, but I am curious... Let's say you have two identical batteries. AA Duracell. Now let's say you run one of the batteries through ...
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How to accurately calculate the electromotive force for various conditions in a salt water battery?

This question is on the same topic as this one but more complex. So, let's consider the cell with $\ce{Zn}$ and $\ce{Cu}$ electrodes inside the $\ce{NaCl}$ solution. On the $\ce{Zn}$ electrode we ...
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Why is an electropositive metal like Zinc capable of plating out?

I know that electronegative metals like copper or silver can electroplate out of an aqueous solution in electrolysis. However, I've also noticed $\ce{ZnSO4_(aq)}$ can electroplate out when ...
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Why the second ionization energy of helium is greater than the first? [closed]

maybe because the first electron has a lower energy. Why does this happen?
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How to explain the increase in current with the increase in the concentration of responsible ions?

I have conducted an experiment wherein I have used different concentrations of $\ce{H2SO4}$, $\ce{HNO3}$ and $\ce{H3PO4}$ as the electrolytes. I filled the acid in glass tube and used a 9V battery, ...
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Is a metal hydroxide fully or partly oxidised in insufficient base?

Firstly, my question only applies to transition metal compounds with more than one hydroxide group, otherwise it would be more obvious. The reason I'm asking is in an effort to oxidise some nickel ...
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Galvanic Cells, theoritical voltage [closed]

This reaction proceeds in the galvanic cell: $$\ce{Zn + Pb^{2+} -> Zn^{2+} + Pb}$$ I need the equation for the half-reactions of this cell and the theoretical voltage produced by this cell if ...
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Does changing the stoichiometric coefficients affect the Nernst equation?

If I take the electrodes as nickel and silver, I've according to the nernst equation that $\ce{Ni(s) + 2Ag+(aq) -> Ni^2+(aq) + Ag(s)}$ Now $E=E_{0} - \frac{RT}{2F} \ln\left(\frac{[\ce{Ni^{2+}}]}{[...
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Electrochemistry (Spontaneous Reactions)

Determine which of the following pairs of reactants will result in a spontaneous reaction at 25 celsius? Pb2+(aq) + Cu(s) Ag+(aq) + Br-(aq) Li+(aq) + Cr(s) Fe3+(aq) + Cd(s) None of the Above. I'...
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Can I use harvested plants to gain electric power?

I was just thinking - plants are mostly acid. Even grass is quite acid. Could you create battery cell from squashed plants (after cutting them in pieces)? How much effective would it be? Could you ...
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faraday laws of electrolysis

I came across this question: A quantity of electrical charge that brings about the deposition of 4.5 g $\ce{Al}$ from $\ce{Al^{+3}}$ at cathode will also produce the following volume (STP) of $\ce{H2}...
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Mixing liquids when applying a voltage

I'm thinking in the following experiment: A) Two (non mixable (like water and oil)) liquids are going to lie in a container, in the extremes of the container there are two electrodes, those ...
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Salt concentration and electrical permittivity of water

We know that the electric flux density $D$ can be related to electric field intensity $E$ as $D=\epsilon(\omega) E$ $\epsilon(\omega) = \epsilon_0 \epsilon_r(\omega) $ where $\epsilon_0$ is the ...
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How to find the potential of a mixed Iron/ Cer solution?

Given the following half-reactions: \begin{align} \ce{Ce^{4+} + e^{−} &-> Ce^{3+}} & E° &= 1.72~\mathrm{V}\\ \ce{Fe^{3+} + e^{−} &-> Fe^{2+}} & E° &= 0.771~\...
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Why would electrode reaction in galvanic cell stop when there's no neutrality in each cell?

I know that the salt bridge produces ions to balance out the positive and negative ions in each solution, but why won't it work without a salt bride? Would it even work at the start since there's few ...
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pH Indicators for Hoffman apparatus

I've read that bromothymol blue can be mixed in with the electrolyte in the demonstration of electrolysis using a Hoffman apparatus. The indicator clearly shows the local differences in pH for the ...
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Will I get bromine by electrolysis of the brine from the Dead Sea?

I know that electrolysis of a saturated solution of sodium chloride with an inert anode (eg., graphite) is a handy way to obtain pure chlorine. I have a sample of saturated salt solution from the Dead ...
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What is the meaning of electrode potential?

When we say that the electrode potential for $\ce{Co}^2$$^+$/$\ce{Co}$ is -0.28 V and $\ce{Cu}^2$$^+$/$\ce{Cu}$ +0.337 V, what is the physical meaning? Can you conceptually explain when two electrons ...
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how does electronic conductance of a metal change with density?

The electronic conductance of a metal depends on its density.Does this mean that if we increase the density of the metal,its electronic conductance will increase?How does it happen?
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how to measure dissolved oxygen?

How do you measure dissolved oxygen reliably in a culture of cells? This page has info on one sensor: http://water.me.vccs.edu/concepts/domeasure.html how would you know that this sensor is working - ...
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Nernst equation and electrolysis

Let's say we have a stable solution of $\mathrm{A}_{\left(\mathrm{aq}\right)}^{2+}$ and $\mathrm{C}_{\left(\mathrm{aq}\right)}^{+}$ , with their respective counter-ions. The associated redox ...
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Energy Calculations using VIt

The answer for Energy in kJ = $2.5 \times 3600 \times 1 = 9000 kJ$ I do not understand what formula they are using... are they using $VIt$, where $V =12$, $t= 12.5 \times 60 \times 60$ seconds and $I$...
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Electrochemical potentials

I was carrying out an experiment into the effect of temperature changes on the standard potential of a cell. $$\ce{Zn(s) +2Fe^{3+}->Zn^{2+} +2Fe^{2+}}$$ I used equi-molar concentrations of $\ce{...
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Electron Transfer in Organic Reactions: Why Does Brown Iron Oxide Improve Burn Rate of Rocket Candy?

On wikipedia, this statement exists about rocket propellant aditives: Metal oxides have been found to increase the burn rate of sugar propellants. [...] Most often used are iron oxides. Red iron ...
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Standard electrode potential for electrolytic vs galvanic cells

Whys is the standard electrode potential (-) for electrolytic cells but positive for (+) galvanic cells. If E°cell > 0, then the process is spontaneous (galvanic cell) If E°cell < 0, then ...
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Degree of dissociation of strong electrolytes in concentrated solutions of ionic substances

Why is the dissociation of strong electrolytes complete in very dilute solutions of ionic substances but less likely to be so in more concentrated solutions? Before seeing this, I thought a strong ...
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How can normal potentials be explained?

For these two metals, the standard reduction potentials are: $$ \ce{2e-} + \ce{Cd^{2+}} \rightarrow \ce{Cd}:\mbox{ } E^0 = -0.403 V\\ \ce{2e-} + \ce{Ni^{2+}} \rightarrow \ce{Ni}:\mbox{ } E^0 = -0.25 V ...
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Is greater relative AA battery capacity at high currents indicative of greater capacity at low currents?

I originally posted this on EE.SE but might be better here: Battery showdown compared the mAh and mWh capacity of different AA batteries discharged at 200mA. Would the relative capacities of each ...
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Detecting the concentration of chlorpromazine

Is there a way to detect the concentration of chlorpromazine in a small sample ; ex: human saliva, using electro-chemical analysis? Does the sensor necessarily have to be a bulky piece of lab ...
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Scary jelly forming on zinc anodes

I'm continuing with my electrolysis experiments. Over a long time, I seek a perfect electrodes. It seems, that when you pick the right anode and cathode, it might be a lot cheaper than universal super-...
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Removing HCl from water

I have water contaminated with dissolved chlorine: $\ce{H2O + Cl2 <=>HCl + HOCl}$ During electrolysis, this is an issue. These are my products: $\ce{NaCl + H2O ->T[electrolysis] NaOH + Cl2 ...
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pH Changes in primary cells

Primary Cells - pH changes during discharge Alkaline Cell: Manganese Dioxide Zinc Alkaline Cell Anode (-) $\ce {Zn(s) + 2OH^{−}(aq) → ZnO(s) + H2O(l) + 2e^{−}}$ ...
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how to determine the relative differences in activity between metals

I am doing a lab for school and I do not know what this question is asking. In this lab we are making electrochemical cells from different metals.
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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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Fuel Cell Chart - Anode, Cathode, Electrolyte

Can someone please check my table to make sure I have the correct information. I am especially unsure of the parts highlighted in yellow: