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Does electricity have an effect in reactivity?

  1. Mar 30, 2015 #1
    hello

    I wonder if electrifying a metal will increase its reactivity with other substances or not

    the mechanism I imagine it to be the increased movement of valence electrons, perhaps an energy excitation of them, so that they react more with substrate

    is this true?

    thanks
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2015 #2

    Doug Huffman

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    See electrolysis.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2015 #3
    mmm, true, but in electrolysis the metal doesn't act like catalyst
    it doesn't react with the substrate, it just poses an electrical field, under which the substrate seperates in its parts
     
  5. Mar 30, 2015 #4

    Doug Huffman

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    Electroplating, electroforming, electrodeposition
     
  6. Mar 30, 2015 #5
    Doug, I am talking about catalytic reaction!
     
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  8. Mar 30, 2015 #7
    mmm interesting! thanks! will study it and come back to you
     
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