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Questions tagged [reduction-potential]

For questions about the reduction potential (A measure of the tendency of a chemical species to acquire electrons and thereby be reduced) or its applications. Also see the tag [electrochemistry].

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Why do Cu⁺ ions spontaneously form copper metal and Cu²⁺ ions in solution?

The standard electrode potentials for three reactions involving copper and copper ions are: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Cu^2+(aq) + e- &-> Cu+(aq)} &\quad E &= \pu{+0.15 V} \\ \ce{Cu^2+(...
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Regarding Standard Electrode Potentials

If the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE) is set arbitrarily to have a potential that is equal to 0 V, and has an absolute real potential. Then, in electrochemistry, how are the electrode potentials of ...
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Electrolysis of water: Which equations to use? (IB Chem)

There is a list of standard electrode potentials at 298 K from the p. 23 of IB Data Booklet 2016. Which of the following equations (forward/backward reactions), from the two possible ones involving ...
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Why is reduction potential of water ( 2H₂O + 2e⁻ → H₂ + 2OH⁻ ) is -0.83 insted of 0, as in the case of (2H⁺ → H₂)?

I came across this value of reduction potential of water while solving a question. Also, I noticed that, for example $$\ce{Ag+ → Ag}$$ has a fixed standard potential, and the same is used when we do ...
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Oxidation of metals/halogens by oxygen gas in acidic aqueous solution

I had some confusion about the correct answer to the following question: Which substance can be oxidized by $\ce{O2(g)}$ in acidic aqueous solution? Two of the answer choices were metal cations (...
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[Co(H2O)6]3+ vs [Co(NH3)6]3+ oxidising water

Cobalt(III) complexes cannot be prepared by addition of the ligand to a solution of the metal cation because the aqua cation $\ce{[Co(H2O)6]^3+}$ has no stable existence in solution. It is strongly ...
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How to calculate the cell potential after the reaction has operated long enough for the Fe2+ to have changed by some concentration?

Consider the cell described below at $\pu{261 K}$: $$\ce{Fe | Fe^2+ (\pu{0.925 M}) || Cd^2+ (\pu{0.981 M}) | Cd}$$ Given $E^\circ_\ce{Cd^2+ -> Cd} = \pu{-0.403 V}$, $E^\circ_\ce{Fe^2+ -&...
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Why do reference electrodes have porous frits or membranes as a salt bridge?

From what I understand, they act as a salt bridge between the reference electrode electrolyte and the analyte solution (in a potentiometric titration). But why do we use partially permeable membranes ...
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How does a Pt and reference electrode measure the cell potential in a potentiometric titration?

I'm trying to perform a potentiometric titration to determine the redox potential of a $\ce{Fe^3+|Fe^2+}$ couple. To do this, I am using an $\ce{Ag|AgCl}$ electrode connected to an inert $\ce{Pt}$ ...
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Can a half-reaction be oxidation if it has the higher reduction potential?

I am working on a problem that provides these two half-reactions: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Fe^3+ (aq) + e- &-> Fe^2+ (aq)} &\quad E^\circ_\mathrm{red} &= \pu{+0.77 V}\\ \ce{S2O6^2- (aq) + ...
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OF2 vs O2F2 oxidising strength

My teacher said that OF2 is the third most powerful oxidising agent after F2 and atomic O, but I think O2F2 should be even more oxidising, since it less stable than OF2. I just read on quora that O2F2 ...
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Compound having highest standard reduction potential

Which compound has highest SRP (standard reduction potential) value, e.g. the strongest oxidising agent? In most tables $\ce{F2}$ is at top with $E^\circ = \pu{2.87 V}$, but I've found a table listing ...
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Standard electrode potential

What is meant by the following: Electrode potential for $\ce{M^3+/M}$ Is it standard oxidation potential (SOP) or reduction potential (SRP)? What does a high positive or negative value for SRP and ...
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what should be the onset potential using cyclic voltammetry?

I am working for PEM fuel cell cathode material. I am confused regarding the onset potential determination for my catalyst (CV attached, fig 1 is complete CV while fig 2 is its zoom image for clear ...
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How to predict ease of oxidation or reduction for a given oxidising or reducing agent? [closed]

I have never understood which agent will be able to oxidize or reduce which type of reactants and yield which type of products will be formed. For example I want to know about DIBAL-H and how is it ...
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Proof of the chemical potential formula

My textbook as well as Wikipedia both state the formula $\mu_A = \mu_A^0 + RT\ln\{A\}$ which gives the chemical potential $\mu_A$ of a chemical species $A$ as function of the standard chemical ...
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Can hydrogen plasma reduce carbon dioxide?

There are several studies describing usage of hydrogen plasma to reduce metal oxides. This is not yet widely adopted in industry, but it is of interest for environmental reasons (such as desrcibed in ...
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Calculating cell-potentials

I have measured the cell potential between a number of metals e.g. Ni, Pb, Al, Cu and Zn by constructing a galvanic cell and then used a voltmeter to measure the potential. Now, if I want to ...
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Why do potassium, rubidium, cesium all have lower standard potentials than sodium?

Why do potassium, rubidium, cesium all have lower standard potentials than sodium? Sodium has a higher charge density than any of them, so its enthalpy of hydration should be larger, right? The ...
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Changing Temperature of a Galvanic/Voltaic Cell: Should I wait for the electrodes to also change in temperature?

I'm conducting an experiment where I change the temperature of the sulfuric acid in a lead acid storage cell. My one question in controlling the variables is that should I let the electrodes also ...
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Galvanic/Voltaic Cell: Does Cell Voltage Change When A Resistor Is Connected?

I tried making a lead acid battery. After charging for about 10 minutes, I connect the voltmeter in parallel to the cell and see that there is around a 1.2V (which is quite lower than what I predicted)...
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Does silver oxidise in a pH 1 solution?

Consider submerging a plate of pure silver in a solution with $\mathrm{pH} = 1$. Does the redox reaction with hydrogen happen spontaneously? The composition of the solution is not given. My ...
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Lead-Acid Battery: Standard Electrode Potential

I'm making a lead-acid battery for an investigation. Since I only had sulfuric acid and lead electrodes, I decided to firstly run 2 lead electrodes through electrolysis in a sulfuric acid electrolyte. ...
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Potentiometric determination of fluoride

We did an experiment of potentiometric determination of fluoride ions. In several beakers we added several concentrations of NaF solutions and then we added water. We calculated with the electrode the ...
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Will nitrate be able to oxidise mercury?

We have the following data: \begin{align} \ce{NO3- + 3 e- &-> NO} &\quad E^\circ_1 &= \pu{0.96 V}\\ \ce{Hg^2+ + 2 e- &-> Hg} &\quad E^\circ_2 &= \pu{0.86 V} \end{align} ...
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Reduction potential of a complex

I am given the reduction potential of $\ce{Fe^{3+}}$ to $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$ as well as the dissociation constants $\ce{K_D}$ for a $\ce{Fe^{3+}}$ complex and a $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$ complex (effectively, the ...
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Ionizing radiation and oxidation without oxidizing agents

My knowledge on this subject is a bit rusty, so excuse me if I'm asking the wrong question here. I was taking a look at my high school chemistry books from many years ago, and I noticed that reduction ...
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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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How the Nernst equation is applied for electrodeposition? [closed]

For using the Nernst equation $$E = E_0 - \frac{RT}{nF}\ln\frac{[\ce{Red}]}{[\ce{Ox}]}$$ the concentrations of $\ce{Red}$ and $\ce{Ox}$ species are required. For the reaction $$\ce{Cu+ + e- <=&...
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For a system containing three reductants, can a combined reduction potential be determined?

I've modelled a system and found that there are three major complexes present at equilibrium, all of which I hope will act as reductants when I add an additional, oxidised species. Each of the three ...
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Single electrode potential measurement

My textbook says that in a galvanic cell, it's not possible to measure single electrode potential independently. Instead, a Standard Hydrogen Electrode is used as the system is under equilibrium. Can ...
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Acidified sodium sulfite in the reduction of iron(III) to iron(II)

Why does sodium sulfite have to be acidified in the reduction of $\ce{Fe^{3+}}$ to $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$? Does the acid act simply as a catalyst or is it necessary for the reduction process?
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Why is Cl2 only formed in acidic media?

If aqueous $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{NaClO}$ are added together no reaction occurs, but if you add dilute acid to the solution $\ce{Cl2}$ gas is formed. Why does this reaction only happen in acidic media? ...
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Dependence of EMF of a cell on stoichiometry

In the reaction $\ce{Zn + 2Ag+ -> Zn^2+ + 2Ag}$ , my book says that the EMF is the difference between the standard reduction potential of $\ce{Ag}$ and $\ce{Zn}$. Shouldn't it be the difference ...
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What would an ecosystem based on reducing atmospheres be like?

I was wondering, what would it be like if instead of an oxidizing atmosphere like earth has, if an ecosystem had a reducing atmosphere instead? My professor told us that a system like that could be ...
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What is (approximately) the minimum exchange current for a potentiometric measurement?

Is there a rule of thumb for what should be the minimum exchange current to detect a certain redox couple in an aqueous solution? I would like to make a rough calculations to see whether any of my ...
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How to state something as strong or weak oxidising agents?

It is said that conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$ is a strong oxidising agent. Why is it regarded as strong? In case of acids, we say something that fully ionizes in an aqueous solution is a strong acid. But what ...
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Nernst equation calculations

I am stuck on 2 problems and would be grateful if anyone decided to give me a proper explanation as to how to solve them. I am not sure how to use the given information to correctly solve what is ...
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How does acidity affect electrode potentials?

What is the role of acidity in the decrease of formal potential of $\ce{Fe^{3+}$/$Fe^{2+}}$ in a sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid mixture? I've observed that the formal potential of the $\ce{Fe^{3+}$...
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Electrochemical series - when not at standard conditions

Is there a reason why this question's answer is treating it as if it is at standard conditions? Isn't it using 0.2M aqueous solutions, so the electrochemical series won't be valid for this question? ...
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Decreasing magnitude of peaks in cyclic voltammogram?

I'm in an instrumentation course and we covered cyclic voltammetry earlier in the semester and will be doing an experiment in CV next week. My question is this: If you have a reaction and sweep the ...
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Cyclic Voltammetry - HOMO and LUMO levels

I'm a physicist, so I apologize if these are obvious questions. I've carried out CV measurements on a few different types of material (with a ferrocene reference). I am interested in determining the ...
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What does the following sentence mean - “Li is least reactive but the strongest reducing agent among all alkali metals”

Isn't it contrasting? Is reactivity only concerned with kinetics of reaction ? PS - I am a high school student, probably I might be missing small detail!
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Periodic trends on half cell potentials

In a practice examination that I'm using to study for my upcoming midterm, one of the questions asks to choose three elements from a row of the periodic table and to give the order of the increasing ...
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What does a higher half cell potential mean?

I was taught in class that a positive large half cell potential generally meant that the reaction was more favorable. What exactly does this mean? Doesn't a reaction with potential 4V need a greater ...
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Reducing character of group 15 hydrides

It was given in my text book that reducing character of group 15 hydrides increases down the group. I am a bit confused about this. For $\ce{NH3}$ this is fine as I assume that: $$\ce{NH3 -> N + H^...
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Stronger reducing agent

Why H$_2$Te is a good reducing agent than H$_2$O . I think it should be opposite as in water , oxygen has only tendency to release electrons .
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Understanding Chemical Potential (Li-ion)

Can anyone help me to understand what the "Chemical Potential" is? I can see that in batteries the electrical energy is stored as "chemical potential", according to this: Li-ion batteries, Na-ion ...
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Why does the Co³⁺/Co²⁺ couple have such a high reduction potential?

Cobalt is changing from $\mathrm{(3d)^6}$ to $\mathrm{(3d)^7}$ electronic configuration. What's so stabilizing about that? Just by reduction potentials this couple is more oxidising than hydrogen ...
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Reducing property of alkali metals [duplicate]

In my book it is given Reducing property increases down the group in gaseous or molten state . The increasing order is Li , Na , K , Rb ,Cs In according to me reducing property is based on ...