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What is electrolytic reduction?


I'm just a student that has an assignment regarding the question "define electrolytic reduction".

Khyno P.
student - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Well, it would appear to mean reducing the oxidation state of a material through the application of current. An example would be electroplating, where metal is 'reduced' onto a cathode from a metal salt.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"


Students are meant to discover answers for themselves, not just call up the aether and get someone else to do it for them. Just think about your question - "electrolytic reduction". "Electrolytic means the passage of an electric current; "reduction" means to bring down from a higher (energy) state to a lower (energy) state. Put the two together and what do you get....Now tell us how it works.

trevor crichton
Trevor Crichton
R&D practical scientist
Chesham, Bucks, UK

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