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Electrode Potentials. Some elements lose electrons more easily than others The essence of an electrochemical cell is to carry out a redox reaction and.

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1 Electrode Potentials

2 Some elements lose electrons more easily than others The essence of an electrochemical cell is to carry out a redox reaction and keep the oxidation and reduction parts separate

3 A Daniell Cell – (electrochemical)

4 Daniell cell showing voltage – 1.1V

5 A standard hydrogen electrode

6 Measuring the standard electrode potential of a metal

7 Measuring the standard electrode potential of magnesium

8 How to use electrode potentials Values and signs allow prediction of spontaneous reaction E.g. will zinc react with Cu 2+ spontaneously?

9 This diagram will predict the direction of spontaneous reaction given electrode potentials - + Cu e - Cu Zn e - Zn ACTUALACTUAL ACTUALACTUAL Electrode potential scale – note sign Spontaneous reaction

10 Consider the following and reach a conclusion E θ Cu 2+ + e -  Cu Cu e -  Cu Cu + + e -  Cu +0.52

11 Cu + + Cu +  Cu + Cu 2+ Disproportionation – simultaneous oxidation and reduction of the same species

12 Application of Electrode Potentials Give a comparison of the effectiveness of galvanising (zinc plating) and tin plating of steel Iron reacts with dilute hydrochloric acid, copper does not, but copper will react with conc nitric acid

13 Effect of concentration Treat cell reaction as an equilibrium system: If change supports/shifts eqm to the right then emf increases & vice versa Cu 2+ + Zn  Zn 2+ + Cu Increase [Cu 2+ ] emf increases Increase [Zn 2+ ] emf decreases

14 Limitations No indication of rate of reaction. Mixtures which can react may co-exist for long periods due to very slow reaction rate E.g. H 2 & O 2 (thermodynamically unstable, kinetically stable) This is caused by high activation energy

15 Energy profiles/diagrams

16 Limitations Standard electrode potentials refer to standard conditions Temp and concentrations affect electrode potentials. Reactions not predicted by electrode potentials can occur under non-standard conditions E.g. solid K 2 Cr 2 O 7 and conc HCl

17 Galvanisation – sacraficial anode Construct the cell reaction for a zinc/iron cell Construct the cell reaction for a tin/iron cell Why fix magnesium to the hull of a battleship?


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