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What are fuel cells? Write the electrode reactions of a fuel cell which uses the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen.

A device to convert chemical energy of fuel into electrical energy is called fuel cell.

Hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell: The cell consists of three compartments separated from one another by porous electrode. The hydrogen gas is fed into one compartment and the oxygen gas is fed into another compartment. These gases then diffuse slowly through the electrodes and react with an electrolyte that is in the central compartment. The electrodes are made of a conducting material, such as graphite, with a sprinkling of platinum to act as a catalyst, and the electrolyte is an aqueous solution of a base. The reactions are
Cathode: O2(g) + 2H2O(l) + 4e-----> 4OH(aq)
Anode: 2H2 (g) + 4OH(aq)-----> 4H2O(l) + 4e
Overall reaction being:

2H2(g) + O2(g) ----->2H2O(l )
Advantages: (i) Fuel cells are efficient and free from pollution.
(ii) The only product in the reaction of fuel cell is water which can be removed and the astronauts of a spacecraft can drink it.
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Calculate the emf of the cell in which the following reaction takes place:
Ni(s) + 2Ag+ (0.002 M) $\to$ Ni2+ (0.160 M) + 2Ag(s)
Given that

$\mathrm{Ni}\left(\mathrm{s}\right)+2{\mathrm{Ag}}^{+}\left(\mathrm{aq}\right)\to {\mathrm{Ni}}^{2+}\left(\mathrm{aq}\right)+2\mathrm{As}\left(\mathrm{s}\right)$

or

The equation is also written as

or

= 1.05 V – 0.0295 x log 80

= 1.05 V – 0.0295 x 1.9031

= 1.05 V – 0.056 = 0.99 V.

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Calculate the potential of hydrogen electrode in contact with a solution whose pH is 10.

For hydrogen electrode, ,
given that      pH = 10
use formula [H+] = 10–pH
so that  [H+] = 10−10 M
Electrode reaction will
H+  + e –  →1/2 H2
Use the formula

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How would you determine the standard electrode potential of the system Mg2+/Mg?

Use standard hydrogen electrode as anode and Mg2+ | Mg as a cathode we can measure the standard electrodepotential of systemMg2+ | Mg. Standard hydrogen electrode, represented by Pt(s), H2(g) (1 atm) | H+ (aq) and dip the electrode of Magnesium wire in a 1M MgSO4 solution .The standard hydrogen electrode is always zero.
Use formula
Eocell = Eo right  – Eoleft
The standard hydrogen electrode is always zero.
So that the value of
Eoleft =0
Hence
Eocell = Eo Mg|Mg2+
Or
Eo Mg|Mg2+= Eocell
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Consult the table of standard electrode potentials and suggest three substance that can oxidize ferrous ions under suitable conditions.

oxidation of ferrous ion means :

Fe2+--> Fe3+ +e-
Any substance which standard electrode potential is more than that of Fe+3 /F+2 can oxidise ferrous ions.
(refer to the table given in book)

The EMF of the substance whose reduction potentials greater than 0.77V will oxidised ferrous ion.
for example Br2, Cl2,and F2 .

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Can you store copper sulphate solutions in a Zinc pot?