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Why are carbon electrodes neutral in electrolysis of water?

  1. Jan 23, 2012 #1
    What is it about the atomic makeup of carbon electrodes that makes them neutral in electrolysis?
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    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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