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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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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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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 ...
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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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Does increasing concentration of copper sulfate decrease or increase its conductivity?

I am a high school student and for my chemistry lab, I did an electrolyis experiment on how the changing concentration of electrolyte (copper sulfate) will change the rate at which the copper is ...
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Will mixing hydrogen and oxygen without a spark result in combustion? [duplicate]

I plan to do the electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid. This will produce hydrogen gas and oxygen gas at the anodes. I do not plan to collect these gases, but to simply let it form and release into ...
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Pressure-dependence of electrolysis voltage

I'm trying to better understand electro-chemistry, so please explain why this second-kind perpetual motion device won't work. I guess it's safe to assume it won't work one way or another. There is a ...
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Sodium metal burning off when conducting electrolysis and I don't know why

I melted down some table salt and used high voltage welder power source to try and separate the sodium and chlorine it was partially successful because I could smell and see chlorine gas but during ...
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How hot will a carbon electrode get in an electrolysis setup?

For the electrolysis of sulfuric acid, I plan to use carbon graphite electrodes at voltages up to 6 V. I would like to know if my carbon electrodes would get considerably hot or warm (45 °C or higher)....
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Would this experiment be electrolysis experiment be viable?

I plan to do a 'research project' or an experiment involving the electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid. The idea or 'question' is this: Would there be a variation in the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the ...
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In electrolysis, does it make any difference if the electrolyte is an molten, aqueous or dilute aqueous solution?

I'm an IGCSE Chemistry-extended student, and my question is: in electrolysis, does it make any difference if the electrolyte is in a molten, aqueous or dilute aqueous solution form? An example ...
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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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Determining the charge on an ion through mole calculation in electrolyis

During electrolysis $\pu{0.02 mol}$ of metal $\ce{X}$ is deposited on cathode when $\pu{0.12 mol}$ of electrons are passed through molten chloride of $\ce{X}.$ What is the formula of the chloride? I ...
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Water colour changes to yellow after electrolysis [closed]

A salesman recently conducted electrolysis experiment on 4 samples of water-- river water,tap water, his own water and water from Aquaguard RO filter. The colour change after electrolysis on different ...