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1 Discovering Electrochemical Cells PGCC CHM 102 Sinex

2 Part I – Electrolytic Cells Many important industrial processes

3 battery +- inert electrodes power source vessel e-e- e-e- conductive medium Cell Construction Sign or polarity of electrodes (-)(+)

4 What chemical species would be present in a vessel of molten sodium chloride, NaCl (l)? Na + Cl - Let’s examine the electrolytic cell for molten NaCl.

5 +- battery Na (l) electrode half-cell Molten NaCl Na + Cl - Na + Na + + e -  Na2Cl -  Cl 2 + 2e - Cl 2 (g) escapes Observe the reactions at the electrodes NaCl (l) (-) Cl - (+)

6 +- battery e-e- e-e- NaCl (l) (-)(+) cathode anode Molten NaCl Na + Cl - Na + Na + + e -  Na 2Cl -  Cl 2 + 2e - cations migrate toward (-) electrode anions migrate toward (+) electrode At the microscopic level

7 Molten NaCl Electrolytic Cell cathode half-cell (-) REDUCTION Na + + e -  Na anode half-cell (+) OXIDATION2Cl -  Cl 2 + 2e - overall cell reaction 2Na + + 2Cl -  2Na + Cl 2 X 2 Non-spontaneous reaction!

8 Definitions: CATHODE REDUCTION occurs at this electrode ANODE OXIDATION occurs at this electrode

9 What chemical species would be present in a vessel of aqueous sodium chloride, NaCl (aq)? Na + Cl - H2OH2O Will the half-cell reactions be the same or different?

10 battery +- power source e-e- e-e- NaCl (aq) (-)(+) cathode different half-cell Aqueous NaCl anode 2Cl -  Cl 2 + 2e - Na + Cl - H2OH2O What could be reduced at the cathode?

11 Aqueous NaCl Electrolytic Cell possible cathode half-cells (-) REDUCTION Na + + e -  Na 2H e -  H 2 + 2OH - possible anode half-cells (+) OXIDATION2Cl -  Cl 2 + 2e - 2H 2 O  O 2 + 4H + + 4e - overall cell reaction 2Cl - + 2H 2 0  H 2 + Cl 2 + 2OH -

12 e-e- Ag + Ag For every electron, an atom of silver is plated on the electrode. Ag + + e -  Ag Electrical current is expressed in terms of the ampere, which is defined as that strength of current which, when passed thru a solution of AgNO 3 (aq) under standard conditions, will deposit silver at the rate of g Ag/sec 1 amp = g Ag/sec

13 Faraday’s Law The mass deposited or eroded from an electrode depends on the quantity of electricity. Quantity of electricity – coulomb (Q) Q is the product of current in amps times time in seconds Q = It coulomb current in amperes (amp) time in seconds 1 coulomb = 1 amp-sec = g Ag

14 Ag + + e -  Ag 1.00 mole e - = 1.00 mole Ag = g Ag g Ag/mole e g Ag/coul = 96,485 coul/mole e - 1 Faraday ( F ) mole e - = Q/ F mass = mole metal x MM mole metal depends on the half-cell reaction

15 Examples using Faraday’s Law How many grams of Cu will be deposited in 3.00 hours by a current of 4.00 amps? Cu e -  Cu The charge on a single electron is x coulomb. Calculate Avogadro’s number from the fact that 1 F = 96,487 coulombs/mole e -.

16 A series of solutions have 50,000 coulombs passed thru them, if the solutions were Au +3, Zn +2, and Ag +, and Au, Zn, and Ag were plated out respectively, calculate the amount of metal deposited at each anode. battery M Au M Zn M Ag + Au e -  AuZn e -  ZnAg + + e -  Ag e-e- e-e- e-e- e-e-

17 The Hall Process for Aluminum Electrolysis of molten Al 2 O 3 mixed with cryolite – lowers melting point Cell operates at high temperature – 1000 o C Aluminum was a precious metal in A block of aluminum is at the tip of the Washington Monument!

18 carbon-lined steel vessel acts as cathode CO 2 bubbles Al (l) Al 2 O 3 (l) Draw off Al (l) - + Cathode: Al e -  Al (l) Anode: 2 O -2 + C (s)  CO 2 (g) + 4e - from power source Al +3 O -2 Al +3 O -2 graphite anodes  e- e- e- e- 

19 The Hall Process Cathode: Al e -  Al (l) Anode: 2 O -2 + C (s)  CO 2 (g) + 4e - 4 Al O C (s)  4 Al (l) + 3 CO 2 (g) x 4 x 3 The graphite anode is consumed in the process.

20 Part II – Galvanic Cells Batteries and corrosion

21 Cu 1.0 M CuSO 4 Zn 1.0 M ZnSO 4 Salt bridge – KCl in agar Provides conduction between half-cells Cell Construction Observe the electrodes to see what is occurring.

22 Cu 1.0 M CuSO 4 Zn 1.0 M ZnSO 4 Cu plates out or deposits on electrode Zn electrode erodes or dissolves cathode half-cell Cu e -  Cu anode half-cell Zn  Zn e What about half-cell reactions? What about the sign of the electrodes? What happened at each electrode? Why?

23 Galvanic cell cathode half-cell (+) REDUCTIONCu e -  Cu anode half-cell (-) OXIDATIONZn  Zn e - overall cell reaction Zn + Cu +2  Zn +2 + Cu Spontaneous reaction that produces electrical current!

24 Now for a standard cell composed of Cu/Cu +2 and Zn/Zn +2, what is the voltage produced by the reaction at 25 o C? Standard Conditions Temperature - 25 o C All solutions – 1.00 M All gases – 1.00 atm

25 Cu 1.0 M CuSO 4 Zn 1.0 M ZnSO 4 cathode half-cell Cu e -  Cu anode half-cell Zn  Zn e Now replace the light bulb with a volt meter. 1.1 volts

26 H 2 input 1.00 atm inert metal We need a standard electrode to make measurements against! The Standard Hydrogen Electrode (SHE) Pt 1.00 M H + 25 o C 1.00 M H atm H 2 Half-cell 2H + + 2e -  H 2 E o SHE = 0.0 volts

27 H atm Pt 1.0 M H + Cu 1.0 M CuSO v cathode half-cell Cu e -  Cu anode half-cell H 2  2H + + 2e - KCl in agar + Now let’s combine the copper half-cell with the SHE E o = v

28 H atm Pt 1.0 M H M ZnSO v cathode half-cell 2H + + 2e -  H 2 anode half-cell Zn  Zn e - KCl in agar Zn - Now let’s combine the zinc half-cell with the SHE E o = v

29 Al e -  AlE o = v Zn e -  ZnE o = v 2H + + 2e -  H 2 E o = 0.00 v Cu e -  CuE o = Ag + + e -  AgE o = v Assigning the E o Write a reduction half-cell, assign the voltage measured, and the sign of the electrode to the voltage. Increasing activity

30 105 Db 107 Bh The Non-active Metals Metal + H +  no reaction since E o cell < 0

31 Calculating the cell potential, E o cell, at standard conditions Fe e -  Fe E o = v O 2 (g) + 2H 2 O + 4e -  4 OH - E o = v This is corrosion or the oxidation of a metal. Consider a drop of oxygenated water on an iron object Fe H 2 O with O 2 Fe  Fe e - -E o = v2x 2Fe + O 2 (g) + 2H 2 O  2Fe(OH) 2 (s) E o cell = v reverse

32 Is iron an active metal? What would happen if iron is exposed to hydrogen ion? How does acid rain influence the corrosion of iron? Fe + 2H +  Fe +2 + H 2 (g) E o cell = V Fe  Fe e - -E o = v O 2 (g) + 4H + + 4e -  2H 2 0 E o = v 2x 2Fe + O 2 (g) + 4H +  2Fe H 2 O E o cell = v Enhances the corrosion process

33 What happens to the electrode potential if conditions are not at standard conditions? The Nernst equation adjusts for non-standard conditions For a reduction potential: ox + ne  red at 25 o C: E = E o log (red) n (ox) Calculate the E for the hydrogen electrode where 0.50 M H + and 0.95 atm H 2. in general: E = E o – RT ln (red) n F (ox)

34  G o = -n F E o cell Free Energy and the Cell Potential Cu  Cu e - -E o = Ag + + e -  Ag E o = v 2x Cu + 2Ag +  Cu Ag E o cell = v where n is the number of electrons for the balanced reaction What is the free energy for the cell? 1 F = 96,500 J/v

35 and the previous relationship:  G o = -n F E o cell from thermodynamics:  G o = RT log K -n F E o cell = RT log K at 25 o C: E o cell = log K n where n is the number of electrons for the balanced reaction

36 galvanicelectrolytic need power source two electrodes produces electrical current anode (-) cathode (+) anode (+) cathode (-) salt bridgevessel conductive medium Comparison of Electrochemical Cells  G < 0  G > 0


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