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Water electrolysis with carbon cathode.

  1. Apr 13, 2016 #1
    I was wondering if I breakdown water with a carbon electrodes,
    will some methane be formed as well as hydrogen?
    In addition if methane is formed could other hydrocarbon chains also occur?
     
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  3. Apr 13, 2016 #2

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    There is very little oxygen liberated, and there seems to be CO2 produced which immediately dissolves.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2016 #3
    I was talking about the hydrogen side, the hydrogen is forming on the carbon cathode.
    I am thinking some of hydrogen will form bonds with the carbon, to make methane, or perhaps
    a broader spectrum of hydrocarbons.
     
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