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Question on SHE

  1. Dec 15, 2013 #1
    In Standard Hydrogen Electrode why only Platinum electrode should be used and why should it be dipped in HCl?why cant we use any other metal dipped in any other acid other than HCl?
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  3. Mar 20, 2014 #2


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    Not just a platinum electrode, but electrode covered with so called platinum black - that guarantees very fast reaction (so the potential is not changed by the reaction kinetics). Cl- is just a very good, inert counter anion, with reasonably high diffusion coefficient (so the solution has as low resistance as possible).
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