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How much CO2 is created during water electrolysis with a graphite anode?

I'm experimenting with water electrolysis and wanted to use non-toxic materials, so I settled on pure graphite rods for both electrodes and Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) as the electrolyte. The ...
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Autocatalysis / Electroless plating of mercury

As a project I am trying to plate mercury onto a powdered metal amalgam of $\ce{Cu}$ & $\ce{Ag}$. I am using solution of $\ce{HgCl2}$ in normal $\ce{HCl}$ (a reducing agent), Any thoughts for ...
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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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Electrolysis for rust removal: is "line of sight" a showstopper?

So I am using electrolysis to remove rust from a fuel tank. The tank is the cathode and a sacrificial anode is inserted where the fuel pump normally goes. It's not practical to put it anywhere else. ...
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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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Electrolysis of concentrated sulphuric acid

In my textbook it is given that for electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid at anode following reactions can occur: At moderate concentrations $\ce{2H2O -> O2 + H+ +4 e-}$ And for high ...
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Understanding electrolysis w/ oxalic acid electrolyte, iron electrodes

I've been experimenting with electrolysis for rust removal, electroplating, de-plating, etc. Right now I have a rust removal setup with carbon steel electrodes and a solution of oxalic acid in ...
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How can platinum function as an "inert electrode" while having a standard reduction potential of 1.2 from its 2+ oxidation state?

In lecture I was taught that, in a galvanic cell at standard conditions, platinum is often used as an inert electrode when the species being oxidized or reduced exists only in solution, because ...
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Orange flakes forming after salt water electrolysis with rusty iron electrodes

I am using two old iron bars, rusty from the years, into a solution of tap water saturated with NaCl. After a few minutes at 32.6V and between 1 and 2 Ampere, I get a clear looking yellowish solution,...
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Why does the electrical conductivity increase as the temperature decreases?

I am measuring the dependence of electrical conductivity of ( NaCl and $\ce{CH3COONa}$ solutions with concentration 9g/L) with temperature using conductivity meter. Theoretically the conductivity ...
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Is there a reason to use bases in electrolysis and acids (eg vinegar) for electroplating?

To me, electrolysis for rust removal and electroplating seem to be the same process, with different metals and goals. However, in seeing electrolysis and electroplating videos, it seems that ...
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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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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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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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Electrolysis of dilute and concentrated sodium chloride and the Nernst equation

Interested to know if there is a critical concentration at which $\ce{Cl-}$ will oxidise over $\ce{H2O}$ and if this can be determined using the Nernst equation. That is, obviously if $[\ce{Cl-}]>...
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Can a brine water electrolysis be looped?

Electrolysis of brine yields hydrogen and chlorine gases and aqueous $\ce{NaOH}$. So is it possible to combine the gases to form $\ce{HCl}$ gas, and mix it back with the aqueous $\ce{NaOH}$, so it ...
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How can I dissolve copper but not zinc?

I have a zinc-body garden spray head with a brass garden hose thread stuck inside. This is actually an irritatingly common problem. Which got me wondering: What chemical means exist to dissolve ...
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Does Temperature Affect Rate of Reaction of Electrolytic Cell

I completed an electrolysis experiment. I used copper electrodes and a copper sulphate solution, and my independant variable was the temperature of the electrolyte. I was just wondering if increasing ...
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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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Catering grade electrolysis of alcohol

Would the electrolysis of alcohol, specifically spirits, result in a potable end product? I'm looking for some novel cocktail ingredients.
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Gouy-Chapman model

Recently I have been investigating the problem of a neutral solutions (with equal number of anions and cations) interacting with an infinite surface $z=0$ with electrostatic potential $\phi(z=0)=\...
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Is there a difference in electrolsys rate limiting effects between electrodes of different area if one reverses the electrical polarity?

If one has two concentric stainless steel tubes with the small one being 1/2 the circumference and inside the other, and KOH for the electrolyte, then given the different surface areas between the ...
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Do decomposition potentials change during electrolysis?

I was just wondering if decomposition potentials actually change during electrolysis. For example, if we reversed the Daniell cell reaction so that copper is oxidized, the half cell reactions would be:...
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Preparing Hypochlorous acid from salt water

I am a school student and I want help with a project My aim: Preparing Hypochlorous Acid (Suitable for sanitation). I searched across the internet and found an article at https://www.hypochlorousacid....
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Effect of charge density on electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid

I am told that if electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid is performed under high charge density, then the following reaction takes place at anode instead of evolving oxygen: $$\ce{2 HSO4- -> H2S2O8 +...
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Possible side reactions in electrolysis of concentrated NaCl

This is a very basic question about which side reactions can take place if the electrodes are not shielded from each other during electrolysis of concentrated $\ce{NaCl}$. So, this is the desired net ...
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Can I use an electrolyte containing a different cation from the anode when doing an electroplating experiment?

For example, I want to purify copper. So the anode will be impure copper and cathode will be pure copper. However, instead of using copper sulphate/halides/nitrate solution, can I use magnesium ...
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Competing half reactions in electrolysis of aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide

If you run a direct current using pure nickel electrodes through a solution of NaOH in distilled water, you will separate the water into hydrogen and oxygen. Are there any other reactions that could ...
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Which transparent plastic to use for electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid

I plan to do an experiment which involves the electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid (1 M or 1 mol/L). I would like to carry it out in a long transparent plastic container (easier to handle and clean). ...
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Reactants in high temperature chemical vapour deposition

I'm setting up a high-temperature electrolysis rig for the purpose of chemical vapour distribution. The molten carbonate (750 degrees Celsius) will be lithium carbonate. The cathode will be ...
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Electroplating with iron and copper acetate

Im trying to do cheep electroplating using iron and copper acetate as in introduction to electroplating and working with acids. Each solution was prepared using heated vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. I ...
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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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Copper (II) oxide during CuSO4 electrolysis

I was performing copper (II) sulfate electrolysis (graphite electrodes; 10V; 0,01A) today and I observed black precipitate falling from around cathode. I suppose it's copper(II) oxide. I couldn't find ...
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Electrolysis of molten sodium iodide

Electrodes: Zinc electrodes Electrolyte: molten sodium iodide I know that at the cathode, sodium metal will be formed because only sodium ions are present for reduction. At the anode, originally ...
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Electrolysis of concentrated NaCl

I conducted an experiment on electrolysis of concentrated solution of NaCl. Hoffman Electrolysis Apparatus was used for this experiment. I observed a formation of gas bubbles on both anode and cathode....
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Why do hydroxyl ions migrate towards the anode in a Bacon Cell?

Why do hydroxyl ions in a Bacon cell migrate towards the anode? Is it because of the relative concentration of the different ions in the set-up? According to the set-up of the bacon cell, the anode is ...
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Is there a recommended frequency when driving an alkaline water electrolyzer?

We are designing a small electrolyzer (about 1 kW input power) for HHO gas generation. Sadly most of the literature online is bordering on the snake oil… However, it works fine with DC driving. Now ...
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Products formed on the electrolysis of wet HF

We know that, electroysis of water produces $\ce{O2}$ at anode and $\ce{H2}$ at cathode. In a similar way I thought that on electroysis of $\ce{HF}$ it would produce $\ce{F2}$ and $\ce{H2}$ at their ...
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Can chloralkali process be used with ocean water to produce sodium hydroxide?

Are there any modern-day Chloralkali plants that create $\ce{NaOH}$ using water from the ocean? I'm trying to understand how modern-day plants that use the Chloralkali process to create $\ce{NaOH}$ (...
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Hydrochloric acid from diaphragm electrolysis

I have a diaphragm electrolysis cell, which is made up of an outer container containing the cathode and a small terra cotta pot containing the anode. If sodium chloride solution is placed in the outer ...
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Converting dissolved chromates to solids for disposal

I have 4 liters of electrolysis waste that was used to process stainless steel cathodes. About half of it was oxalic acid based and the other half was sodium bicarbonate based (currently stored ...
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How do I anodize bronze for thin film colors using electrolysis?

I am trying to change the color of the coins we have in Europe. I want to create patterns of certain colors. They are made from "nordic gold" (89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc, and 1% tin). ...
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What is a suitable material for a cathode in electroplating experiment?

I am going to do an electroplating experiment, whereby I will be using a Cu(NO3)2 solution to plate onto a cathode. What is an easily accessible cathode which I can use for this? Would a strip of Ag (...
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Green deposition on the anode after electrolysis of sodium bicarbonate solution in tap water

I use $\pu{12 V}$ battery with copper wires and tap water with $\ce{NaHCO3}$ dissolved in it. I connected the battery and everything went as expected but after 5 minutes bubbling stopped. I took out ...
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What is the most appropriate (and easy-to-use) all-atoms force field for liquid electrolytes?

I need to simulate a salt diluted in a liquid electrolyte. My experience is with LAMMPS, but so far I only had coarse grained toy models, and setting up the force field was straightforward. Now I have ...
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How can I convert cathodic energy efficiency to overall energy efficiency?

Im working on calculation which involve the energy efficiency of producing formate by CO2 electroreduction. I wonder how to convert the reported cathodic energy efficiency (71%) of papers e.g (1) this ...
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FFC Cambridge Process and impure reactants

The FFC Cambridge process with platinium electrodes allows the reduction of almost any metal oxide to a pure metal, with an oxygen byproduct. So far, so good. What I'm trying to understand is how it ...
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In Na extraction, is Ca2+ of CaCl2 reduced in addition to Na+ of NaCl in electrolysis

In Na extraction from $\ce{NaCl}$, $\ce{CaCl2}$ is added in electrolysis to lower the melting point of the mixture to about $\pu{750 ^\circ C}$. But doesn't $\ce{Ca^2+}$ cation compete with the $\ce{...
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What is the relationship between current flow and low AC voltages within electrolyte solutions

I have recently been trying to find references or textbooks which may explain the principles of electrical current conductance within an electrolyte solution when low AC voltages are induced. Does ...
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Are the reactions in a simple cell overall exothermic? Why?

For context, I'm in high school. I'm trying to mentally connect electrolysis with the concept of energy changes and kinda having trouble. I understand the bottom line is that a simple cell converts ...