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Does a zinc metal coating react with coffee in a coffee grinder?

I'm restoring an old coffee grinder and I want to give the grinder mechanism a nice zinc / silver coating. But I read it is not safe for zinc to be in contact with acidic foods. When I look at the ...
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Electrolysis of water and Gibbs Energy

I'm writing a chemical equilibrium program which minimizes the Gibbs energy. The program accepts as input the total amounts of the elements comprising the system, and a list of possible molecular ...
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What is the yellow compound formed in electrolysis of brine?

Last week, I tried to conduct electrolysis of brine in my house using copper electrodes and 6V battery. After sometime, the entire solution turned orange/yellow. The yellow substance formed a kind of ...
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Is the thermodynamic stability against reduction/oxidation of an electrolyte dependent on the electrode material?

Consider an electrochemical cell with an inert Pt working electrode (WE) and some electrolyte that irreversibly decomposes upon oxidation. A minimum potential $E_{min}$ (vs. some reference) needs to ...
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Electrolysis of Baking Soda separated by semi permeable membrane

I have dissolved baking soda in battery water (de-ionized), in a glass beaker and used a food handling glove (vinyl) as a semi-permeable membrane to separate a graphite electrode from a copper ...
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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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Electrolysis of aluminum in a solution of magnesium sulfate

So I recently started looking into electrolysis to produce chemicals and I have only produced a few chemicals from it like copper hydroxide and copper sulfate. However I can’t seem to figure out what ...
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Black substances covering Aluminum Electrode

I have use two aluminum pieces as electrodes to electrolys salt (NaCl) water. After the experiment, I found that wherever electricity flows, the electrode will be covered in some blackish substances. ...
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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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Can you create pure sodium metal by electrolysis of aqueous NaCl rather than molten NaCl?

I was researching how to make pure sodium from salt because I think it would be interesting to do. In all of the articles I read that talked about using $\ce{NaCl}$ they said to melt it and then use ...
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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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Why does electrolysis of concentrated sodium chloride solution pulsating and what is the relation between electrode surface area and pulsation?

While electrolysis of concentrated NaCl solution (Active electrodes like Iron aluminium etc) pulsation appear from cathode if electrode fully immersed in electrolyte and it disappear when any of the ...
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Is the rate of electrolysis the same throughout as long as voltage is same

In an electrolytic cell, where the electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid is taking place, would the rate of electrolysis be constant always, even at the beginning? By rate of electrolysis, I mean the ...
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Why should we be interested in catalyst for electrolysis?

I've been reading papers on Phosphided metals (CoP, NiP, FeP) as a catalyst for electrolysis. They increase the current density of the cell for a voltage. If it still requires 39.4 kilowatt-hours ...
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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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Why do positive ions go to the cathode?

In electrolysis why do positive ions go to the cathode? Since the cathode is positive, won't the positive ions face repulsion at the cathode and would require more energy? I understand that reduction ...
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Copper wire smoking underwater [closed]

I am doing an electrolysis experiment with two copper wires inside of test tubes that are both submerged underwater, with 20 V per wire. Test tube A is creating oxygen gas at a high rate, but test ...
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How to make copper salicylate with electrolysis?

I am trying the following and it looks like it may be working, but I am not certain what the end product would be. Basic electrolysis setup: two cups distilled water, with 3 g of copper wire on anode,...
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Is it dangerous to inhale the steam coming from electrolysis of salt-water solution [closed]

Is chlorine in there that accumulates (at the anode) and emerge out as chlorine gas? I was worried since I added a pinch of salt to the steamer in order to hasten the heating of tap water when I ...
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Does the electrolysis of water produce chlorine gas?

http://orbitingfrog.com/2014/11/02/electrolysis-of-water-with-pencils-and-a-9v-battery/ This article seems to indicate that "a small amount of Chlorine may be produced as you [perform electrolysis on ...
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Hydrogen reactor, with electrolysis [closed]

I was thinking about hydrogen reactors. How they turn hydrogen and oxygen into water. I just learned about electrolysis, so I was curious how efficient it would be, to fill a cars tank up with ...
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Eletrolytic rust removal [closed]

I've seen quite a few youtube videos about electrolysis for rust removal. The process seems to be effective. My question is: how does it work? I get that the water is ionised so we have O- and OH+ ...
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Why would water, and not saltwater, undergo electrolysis?

I am attending a cram school and there was a question that goes: Electrolysis decomposes chemicals by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions. Which of the ...
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Energy required for obtaining required mass of aluminium from alumina via electrolysis

How do I know how much energy I need to obtain 20 g alumunium from alumina with 5 V? I calculated the quantity of electricity is 2.22 F. Any help appreciated!
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Does the current of an electrolytic cell increase if the surface area of the Cathode is increased

I am currently in high school and will be conducting an experiment looking at the effect of surface area on electroplating. I will be changing the surface area of the Cathode during my experiment but ...
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How does KMnO₄ affect electrolysis?

I'm just blindly experimenting. I tried to dissolve some potassium permanganate in water before performing electrolysis. I can't see much difference. How is $\ce{KMnO4}$ dissolved in water? How does ...
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Amperage for the electrolysis of water?

I am electrolysing water using several different potential catalysts for my eight grade science fair project. The electrolysis will be running at 2 to 2.5 volts over nickel electrodes, as I do not ...
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Nernst equation for a fuel cell when gases are stored separately

I have run some tests with a PEM fuel cell and the voltage we have found was $1.44\ \mathrm{V}$. Given that the standard potential for a fuel cell is $1.229\ \mathrm{V}$ what is causing the difference ...
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Electrolytic refining of precious metals — why the anode rather than the cathode? [closed]

In electrolytic refining, metals like platinum and gold are deposited as anode mud. Why aren't they deposited on the cathode since they have higher reduction potential?
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Why does magnesium deposit during electrolysis of a molten mixture of MgI2 and AlBr3?

During the electrolysis of mixed salts, I read, and was taught, that the cation with a higher ionization energy would deposit at the cathode. I was also told that you cannot use the standard electrode ...
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electrolysis in aqueous solution. Why is hydroxide discharged at the anode when no halide ions are present [closed]

Why are hydroxide Ions discharged when halide ions aren’t present in aqueous solution during electrolysis
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Is coating titanium with PbO2 better alternative to the graphite substrate one?

I want a good anode for my chlorate cell. I tried coating graphite with PbO2 but without success. So I was wondering about using titanium as substrate. Is it better then graphite, also is it easier to ...
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Calculate how much hydrogen or oxygen will be produced in the electrolysis of water

Is there a way to exactly calculate the quantity of hydrogen or oxygen in a water electrolysis? I am thinking of a plain and simple electrolysis like an anode and kathode in salted water separating ...
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Why is Q/nF equivalent to the amount of substance in electrolysis?

I am told that $$Q = nF$$ where $Q$ is the quantity of current, $n$ is the amount of electrons and $F$ is Faraday's constant. Since Faraday's constant is the charge carried by 1 mol of electrons, ...
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What is the cause of yellow discharge in beaker during the electrolysis of copper electrodes using copper sulfate electrolyte?

I have conducted an electrolysis experiment using a copper anode and cathode, and copper sulfate solution in a beaker connected to a power source using alligator clips. I varied the voltage and ...
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Electrolysis of diluted sulfuric acid

My teacher told me that electrolysis of dil. $\ce{H2SO4}$ (concentration below $50\%$) using inert electrodes results in gradual increase of the concentration of $\ce{H2SO4}$. I can't seem to figure ...
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Electrolysis of molten sodium chloride [closed]

Can somebody explain me the electrolysis of molten $\ce{NaCl}$ via electrode potential? Reduction potential of $\ce{Cl-}$ is -1.36 V, while sodium metal is -2.76 V, but still sodium is reduced and ...
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Effect of pH on electrolysis

I understand (more or less) that acidification of water helps in the dissociation of water into ions. Acids easily dissociate into ions in aqueous solution. So, accordingly, the hydrogen from the acid ...
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Reducing agent in electrolysis [closed]

I would like to make colloidal silver to kill mold. I think $\pu{100ppm}$ (weight) would be nice. I read a paper on it and in it they used citric acid + distilled water as fluid, two silver plates as ...
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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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where is sulphate going here? electrolysis of magnesium sulphate

I am electrolyzing a water + magnesium sulphate solution using copper for both electrodes. I am getting a light-blue precipitate forming which I believe to be a mixture of copper hydroxide and ...
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How to calculate current density in an Electrolysis Process?

I have an anode & cathode, both of $100 \times \pu{100\\mm}$ size. The process requires $\pu{450\\A/m2}$ current density. How do I reverse calculate this? Do I use the total surface area of both ...
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How to estimate the maximum chlorine hazard from 1 g of Palladium(II) chloride? [closed]

I plan to work with an electrolyte that contains 1 g of Palladium(II) chloride. I am trying to estimate how much of a hazard this system could possibly pose (and provide ventilation, chlorine ...
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Confused with 'discharge potential',preferential discharge theory [closed]

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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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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A more efficient method for electrolysis?

If you made the anode and cathode both out of a single piece of zeolite that has been coated inside with graphite (or graphene) wouldn’t that provide a conductive path and greater surface area thus ...
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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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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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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 ...