Monday, September 13, 2010

REDOX - electrolysis

This is used to make a chemical take back electrons when it rather wouldn't.
example:
Cu + Cl2 --> 2CuCl2 This is spontaneous. It is a REDOX.

Cu --> Cu2+ + 2e- (LEO-oxidation)
Cl2 + 2e --> 2Cl- (GER- reduction)

BUT

CuCl2 --> Cu + Cl2 is not spontaneous but can be achieved via electrolysis.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post a Comment