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Silver electrorefining

Ok, so let's say I have raw silver which is polluted with a bit of gold, copper and lead. So through electrorefining I want to make pure silver out of it. Let's say I have it all in an acidic ...
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Electrolysis Lab

How do I keep hydrogen or oxygen in a test tube when pulling them out of water? I have a Styrofoam cup with two metal thumbtacks pushed though the bottom, and about 100 ml of distilled water mixed ...
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electrolysis - selection of what is going to be on anode and cathode

I have a question about electrolysis. How do we know what will be on anode and cathode if we have for example NaCl diluted in water. How do we know if it's gonna be Na+ or H+??
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Why do they use graphite electrodes in the Hall–Héroult process?

In the Hall–Héroult process of extracting aluminium from aluminium oxide, the electrolyte is a liquid mixture of cryolite $(\ce{NaAlF6})$ and aluminium oxide $(\ce{Al2O3}).$ The cathodes and the ...
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Electrolysis of aqueous copper (II) nitrate

There are two copper blocks sitting in the $\ce{Cu(NO3)2 (aq)}$ solution, a battery is attached onto both of them, providing enough energy to start the reaction. Since solid pieces of copper are ...
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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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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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Why can't pure water conduct electricity since it can be reduced at cathode and oxidised at anode?

We all know that pure water can't conduct electricity. But during electrolysis, if add a small amount of $\ce{HCl}$ acid inside, water could be decomposed to hydrogen gas and oxygen gas, as it is ...
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What is the heat energy required to perform electrolysis equivalent?

The question may be off-topic here. If my concept is flawed, please poke me in the rib (+: Sources on the internet indicate a minimum 1.2Volts is adequate for electrolysis of water; nominally 6V. ...
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How can I dispose of chlorine and sodium hydroxide as table salt and water?

If I used chloralkali electrolysis of brine to produce hydrogen, and can't use the other products (or not all of them), what route(s) can I take to revert them back to brine? I figured, since I have ...

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