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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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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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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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Thought Experiment: Is it possible to preserve the charge imbalance present during molten lead(II) bromide electrolysis?

Suppose I were to electrolyse some molten lead(II) bromide. According to what I have been taught, the lead ions travel towards the cathode and are reduced at it, while the bromide ions are oxidised at ...
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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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Can a nitro compound be reduced to an amine by electrolysis?

Several methods are known for the reduction of a nitro compound to an amine, including catalyctic hydrogenation. I am wondering if this can be done by electrolysis. If we take the simplest ...
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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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Does the temperature of water change during electrolysis?

Applying an electric potential to impure water splits water into its constituents H/O. Does the temperature of the electrolyte change during this electrolysis?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What does electrolysis of Cu(NO3)2 produce?

I have read that $\ce{Cu}$ is deposited at the cathode when copper (II) nitrate is electrolyzed. However, when I looked at reduction potentials, the reduction of nitrate to $\ce{NO}$ and $\ce{H2O}$ $(...
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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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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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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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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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Does increasing the concentration of the anode electrolyte in a galvanic cell increase or decrease the voltage produced

Im in kind of a pickle here. I am using nernst equations to calculate the theoretical voltage produced for different concentrations of $\ce{Al(NO3)3}$. Reaction: $$\ce{2Al(s) + 3Pb^{2+}(aq)⟶2Al^{3+}(...
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Electrolysis in water with baking soda

Many demonstrations of electrolysis show the use of baking soda and a 9 volt battery for electrolysis of water. As a science experiment, I tested different voltages by adding more batteries. In my ...
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Why is Zinc reduced instead of Hydrogen, in the electrolysis of aqueous Zinc Sulfate, using Carbon electrodes?

In the electrolysis of aqueous zinc sulfate using carbon electrodes, why are zinc ions reduced at the cathode, instead of hydrogen ions? How does this relate to over potential? It would mean a lot ...
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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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What reactions will occur at the anodes and electodes of two iron electrolytic cells?

What reactions will occur at the anodes and electrodes of two iron electrolytic cells: both with iron metal electrodes, one with an iron(II) sulphate electrolyte, the other with an iron(III) sulphate ...
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Which carbon electrode gets plated with Zinc on a beaker with zinc sulphate solution?

In a beaker containing zinc sulpate and two carbon electrodes connected to a battery, which electrode gets electro plated with Zinc? Why?
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What effect does an increase in concentration of copper sulphate solution have on the rate at which copper is deposited at the cathode?

I have been studying electrolysis in school and was wondering whether a higher amount of copper sulfate solution would produce a greater mass of copper in an electrolytic cell with two copper ...
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Is there a polar liquid with a high electrolysis potential?

I'm trying to use $\ce{Na2SO4}$ for intercalation of sulfate ions in van der Waals stacked materials (as anodes). With water as the solvent, there is some indication of hydroxyl radical forming due to ...
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How does the cathode of an electrolytic cell drive the anode reaction?

Consider this electrolytic cell: In this cell, electrons from the anode of the battery travel to the cathode of the electrolytic cell, where hydrogen ions are reduced into hydrogen gas. This drives ...
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What would affect the rate of recharge of a lead-acid battery?

I am trying to perform an investigation regarding lead-acid batteries and would like to specifically look into the recharging mechanism. However, I realised that this might be quite difficult since ...
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Cation falling off electrode after electrolysis

I'm trying to find the electrochemical equivalent for zinc in an experiment. I am carrying out electrolysis of zinc sulfate solution. According to Faraday's law, m=zq. I made a 0.1 M solution and ...
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Problem in anode in experiment of electrolysis of brass

I am studying the electrolytic determination of copper content in brass (~58% copper, ~40% Zn and other trace elements) by using standard method BS EN 16117-1:2011. Now the electrode used for the ...
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Why does conductivity of electrolyte solutions peak at high concentrations?

I've recently done a lab about conductivity of brine over time (high concentration salt water). I passed current through salt water and measured the current over time. The graphs I got showed that ...
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In a hydrogen fuel cell stack, is pure oxygen required?

I have been researching making a hydrogen fuel cell to produce electricity. However, since pure oxygen is expensive, is pure oxygen needed for the dry fuel cell stack or can the oxygen in the air be ...
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chemical reaction that causes electrolysis of salt water without adding electric current

I am producing hydrogen using house hold items in a capacitor like arrangement in salt water. I assume this is chemical electrolysis. The apparatus produces gas for many weeks that burns orange. Its ...
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Differences between galvanic cells and Li-ion?

There are clearly some differences between the classical galvanic cell and the Li-ion batteries, but if one looks at the schematics, they looks a bit similar. Please see below: a) The galvanic cell: ...
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Concentration of electrolyte in rust removal

I will be attempting rust removal from a steel gas tank of about 5 liters by means of electrolysis, with steel wire acting as the anode. For the electrolyte I've been advised to dissolve $\ce{Na2CO3}...