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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Can carbon dioxide be used as oxidant for iron?

Determine whether it is possible for $\ce{CO2}$ to be an oxidant for $\ce{Fe}$. Justify your choice by comparing the corresponding half reactions. I found the following half-reactions, both on ...
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Pale blue species forming during electrolysis of NaHCO3

I have a solution of 3500 ml $\ce{H2O}$ + 454 g $\ce{NaHCO3}$ in electrolysis at a potential of 12.5V using a lead anode and copper cathode. The surface areas aren't measured but they are enormous. I ...
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How can I find the emf of a cell given the individual reduction and oxidation reactions and their respective potentials? [duplicate]

If I am given the individual oxidation and reduction half-equations, how can I find the emf of the combination? For example: $$ \begin{align} E^\circ(\ce{Fe^3+}/\ce{Fe^2+}) &= \pu{0.77 V}\\ E^\...
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Changing Temperature of a Galvanic/Voltaic Cell: Should I wait for the electrodes to also change in temperature?

I'm conducting an experiment where I change the temperature of the sulfuric acid in a lead acid storage cell. My one question in controlling the variables is that should I let the electrodes also ...
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In a galvanic cell, why do electrons move through the wire from zinc to copper?

I understand that there is aqueous $\ce{Cu^2+}$ in this scenario which pulls on the electrons from the zinc causing the electrons to move through the wire, but how does the electronegativity of $\ce{...
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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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Cathodic protection of active metals

Cathodic protection prevents the removal of positive form the metal surface by applying a negative charge to the metal. Is is possible to prevent the reaction of an active metal (i.e. sodium) with ...
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Degradation of carbon anode in electrolysis of copper sulfate

I'm electrolysing a copper sulfate solution with a 12 volt DC supply using two carbon electrodes. The anode is reducing in mass and becoming thinner. Is there any way I can overcome this problem?
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Electrodes of the second kind

An electrode of the second kind consists of a metal sheet coated with a layer of a slightly soluble salt of the metal of which it is made, immersed in an electrolytic solution: the last one must have ...
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How come diluting a cell decreases the voltage?

I just want to know why, if we dilute a cell with water, it decreases the voltage. Assume it is a galvanic cell.
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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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Electrolytic cell to remove soft solder from silver?

Hi my chemistry is pretty dire but have vague idea that an electrochemical cell could be used to remove soft solder (lead/tin probably) from a piece of sterling silver in need of a repair. The ...
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Why does temperature affect cell potential?

The Nernst equation describes the relationship between cell potential and temperature. But why does temperature affect cell potential? My understanding is that the collision model of kinetics is not ...
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Why is it bad to charge a phone to 100%? [duplicate]

I see everywhere that a phone should ideally be between 20 and 80% to work efficiently, but I don't understand why, in an electrochemistry point of view. (I'm not talking about the fact that ...
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Why do electrons follow from Zn to Cu but not Cu to Zn in the lemon battery experiment?

In the lemon battery experiment, as I understand, both $\ce{Zn}$ and $\ce{Cu}$ meet acid in the lemon, cause $\ce{Zn}$ and $\ce{Cu}$ release electrons to form $\ce{Zn^{2+}}$ and $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$. So ...
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Which conductivity law should I use to calculate the conductivity of a solution with high/low concentration?

I have a set of NaCl solutions with concentrations ranging from 0.05 M to 0.1 M. I have been trying to calculate the conductivity of these solutions and compare the obtained values with the ...
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What is the balanced chemical equation for a redox reaction between a lithium-cobalt battery and a graphite electrode?

I'm doing a project for my last year of secondary school on lithium cobalt batteries and got confused about the equation. This is the only equation I can find (source: www.science.org.au): \begin{...
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Cell notation for the lead-acid battery

Reactions for the lead acid battery are: $$ \begin{array}{} \text{Oxidation}&\ce {Pb(s) + HSO4^-(l) &-> PbSO4(s) + H+(l) + 2e-}\\ \text{Reduction}&\ce{PbO2 + HSO4^-(l) + 3H+(l) + 2e- &...
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half equations for a lead-acid cell

we are learning about galvanic cells. I would like to know the half equations and overall equation that occurs in this lead acid cell. so far my understanding for the oxidisation section is that in a ...
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Negative Voltage for Full Redox Reaction?

I have a question about voltages including redox reactions. I know that half equations may have negative voltages when choosing what is undergoing reduction, and what is undergoing oxidation in a ...
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Current and reversible heat in battery reaction

In the book Battery Technology Handbook by Kiehne [1] (Google Books) on page 21, equation (32): The reversible heat effect per time unit can be related to current flow, because each multiple of the ...
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Energy balance in battery thermodynamics

I am trying to understand the derivation of a general energy balance in battery thermodynamics. The following relation is frequently found to determine the heat generation of a battery: $\dot{Q} = \...
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Electrolytes are ionic compounds that conduct electricity [closed]

Electrolytes are ionic compounds that conduct electricity, or the flow of charged particles, when dissolved in water. This occurs via the separated ions acting as those charged particles, or charge ...
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Calculating the concentration of copper(II) from a non-standard cell potential

A galvanic cell consists of a standard hydrogen electrode and a copper electrode. \begin{align} \ce{2 H+ (aq) + 2e- &-> H2 (g)}& E^\circ &= 0.00\ \mathrm{V}\\ \ce{Cu^2+ (aq) + 2 ...
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Rate of cathodic reaction vs Tafel slope

One of my reference engineering books says that for the cathodic protection process (in seawater): Al $\rightarrow$ Al$^{3+}$ + $3e^-$ (anode, setting the protection potential at about -900 mV SCE) ...
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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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Would a salt bridge work through which the ions could not diffuse into the half cells?

Instead of covering the ends of the salt bridge in an electrochemical cell with a membrane, one could also plug them on both sides with a conductive non-porous material, for example gold, which doesn'...
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Why should I not use different battery types together?

Everyone knows about this but I'm curious about why one should never mix batteries of different types. By type I mean the same shape of the cell like AAA but with different chemical reactions and ...
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Is it possible to electroplate from a gallium anode?

I have been looking at some papers on electro-deposition of iron gallium alloys and these all use solutions made up of Fe and Ga sulphates. I am just curious as to why perhaps an anode made of one of ...
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Can I make an ionic liquid from glycerin and zinc sulfate?

Can I make an ionic liquid (dissolved salt without water) by combining zinc sulfate and glycerin? I've been using 1 M $\ce{ZnSO4}$ as my electrolyte in supercapacitor study. Works very well up to ...
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Is there a potentiometric method for monitoring salt formation in organic solvent?

I work in a pharmaceutical R+D lab, and currently aim to develop a validatable potentiometric method for determining the optimal amount of acid to add to a basified small organic molecule for ...
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What happens if you put a piece of copper into a solution containing Al3+ ions?

This is a question in my studies, and I am a little bit confused! I would think it happens nothing because copper is below aluminium in the reactivity series, right?
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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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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{...
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Why does increasing the concentration of oxidizing agent decrease the E° in a galvanic cell?

In a galvanic cell, when we add ions of the oxidation agent (in this example, Zn2+) to the anode solution, it decreases the cell potential. However, if the Zn2+ ions aren't involved in the redox ...
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Replacing Salt Bridge with Platinum Sheet

What would happen, if in a galvanic cell, the salt bridge is replaced by an inert platinum sheet? Would charges accumulate on the sheet? Would the cell still work, and produce less emf than earlier, ...
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Why isn't my galvanic cell making enough voltage?

I'm in kind of a pickle here. I made a galvanic cell of Lead and aluminium for a chemistry internal assessment but unfortunately, it didn't turn out so well and neither me nor my teacher has any clue ...
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Which half cell equation do you switch when calculating E° cell?

Given the following standard potentials calculate the overall $E^\circ_\mathrm{cell}$: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Pb(SO4)(s) + 2 e- &→ Pb(s) +SO4^2-(aq)} &\quad E^\circ &= \pu{-0.356 V} \\ ...
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Regarding Standard Electrode Potentials

If the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE) is set arbitrarily to have a potential that is equal to 0 V, and has an absolute real potential. Then, in electrochemistry, how are the electrode potentials of ...
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What is the voltage dependence of the thickness of oxide coating through anodising?

In titanium anodising, solid titanium reacts with the oxygen formed at it's surface (to form titanium(IV) oxide or $\ce{TiO2}$) through the electrolysis of water. Experimentation and research has ...
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Salt Bridges/Porous Disks

I am slightly confused about the concept of a salt bridge/porous disk. I understand that these are necessary in a galvanic cell since there is a charge buildup and the salt bridge and porous disks ...
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Polarity of Cell Electrodes [duplicate]

I understand that the anode in a galvanic/voltaic cell is considered to be 'negative' while the cathode is 'positive'. However, in an electrolytic cell, the cathode is 'positive' while the anode is '...
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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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Pourbaix diagram and the order of the species

Figure 1. Pourbaix diagram of iron (Source) The line between $\ce{Fe}$ and $\ce{Fe^2+}$ is there because the potential $\ce{Fe/Fe^2+}$ is $\pu{-0.44 V}$. The same applies for $\ce{Fe^2+/Fe^3+}$ with $...
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Can static electricity damage solar cells?

How does static electricity damage common solar cells making them less photo reactive? At watt voltage and/or amps would change the chemistry of the common solar cell? I want to think that as long ...
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What defines a discharged battery?

In the case of an AA Alkaline battery, what actually happens inside the battery once it is fully discharged? What components of the battery change as we use it?
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Electrolysis of water: Which equations to use? (IB Chem)

There is a list of standard electrode potentials at 298 K from the p. 23 of IB Data Booklet 2016. Which of the following equations (forward/backward reactions), from the two possible ones involving ...
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Where does copper form?

I thought zn and cu both lose 2e- to pt but someone is telling me it's wrong]
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Determining the reduction potential of a half cell reaction at a given pH

$E^\circ_\ce{Cu^2+|Cu} = \pu{0.34 V}$. What will be reduction potential at $\mathrm{pH} = 14$ for the same couple? Given that $K_\mathrm{sp}$ of $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$ is $10^{-19}$. My Attempt I think ...
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Can gas be made to block radiation better?

Can any gas block radiation? I ask this because I would like to know if the properties of any gas element would chemically react differently with radiation from adding an electrical current. This ...