Why are carbon electrodes neutral in electrolysis of water?

  1. What is it about the atomic makeup of carbon electrodes that makes them neutral in electrolysis?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Most metals easily dissolve in ionic form (unless they are noble metals - but these are expensive). Carbon can be oxidized to carbon dioxide, but this is a slow process, besides, product is a gas, which will easily leave the solution.
     
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