Electrochemical Potential Experiments

This is a small sample of experiments, demonstrations, concept building papers, and how-to’s for alternatives in reference and other electrodes.  Any cell potential can be measured with the FS-522 and software. The Model 152 Multi-EChem half cell module can also be used to reduce scale and materials use in adapting many of these approaches.

A Model Approach to the Electrochemical Cell: An Inquiry Activity
Deanna M. Cullen and Thomas C. Pentecost
J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88 (11), pp 1562–1564

The Variation of Electrochemical Cell Potentials with Temperature
Gavin D. Peckham and Ian J. McNaught
J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88 (6), pp 782–783

Thin-Layer Fuel Cell for Teaching and Classroom Demonstrations
M. Shirkhanzadeh
J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86 (3), p 324

Small-Scale and Low-Cost Electrodes for “Standard” Reduction Potential Measurements
Truls Grønneberg , Per-Odd Eggen and Lise Kvittingen
J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84 (4), p 671

The Solubility Product of PbCl2 from Electrochemical Measurements
Jimmy S. Hwang and Ghassan A. Oweimreen
J. Chem. Educ., 2003, 80 (9), p 1051

Conceptual Difficulties Experienced by Prospective Teachers in Electrochemistry: Half-Cell Potential, Cell Potential, and Chemical and Electrochemical Equilibrium in Galvanic Cells
Ali Riza Özkaya
J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79 (6), p 735

A Simple Method for Determining the Temperature Coefficient of Voltaic Cell Voltage
Keith M. Davies , Alfred E. Saieed
J. Chem. Educ., 1996, 73 (10), p 959
MicroLab has a version of this experiment available as a lab handout written by Prof. Dale Hammond.

A New Concept for pH-Potential Calculations
K. L. Cheng
J. Chem. Educ., 1999, 76 (7), p 1029

An Analysis of College Chemistry Textbooks As Sources of Misconceptions and Errors in Electrochemistry
Michael J. Sanger and Thomas J. Greenbowe
J. Chem. Educ., 1999, 76 (6), p 853

Zinc Electrodes and the Thermodynamics of a Galvanic Cell
Donald A. Probst and Giles Henderson
J. Chem. Educ., 1996, 73 (10), p 962

Low-Cost Reference Electrode for Potentiotitrimetry
P. Riyazuddin
J. Chem. Educ., 1994, 71 (2), p 167

An inexpensive alternative for platinum in voltaic cell measurements
James V. Arena and Gabriel Mekles
J. Chem. Educ., 1993, 70 (11), p 946

Galvanic cells and the standard reduction potential table
David O. Tanis
J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67 (7), p 602
[Think of the MicroLab Model 152 Multi E-Chem half cell module]

Silver equilibria via cell measurements. A quantitative laboratory experiment
Richard W. Ramette
J. Chem. Educ., 1972, 49 (6), p 423

Equivalence point potential in redox titrations
Arno H. A. Heyn
J. Chem. Educ., 1970, 47 (3), p 240

The standard electrode potential of the silver-silver bromide electrode
R. L. Venable and D. V. Roach
J. Chem. Educ., 1969, 46 (11), p 741

Heat of reaction in aqueous solution by potentiometry and calorimetry. I. A metal displacement reaction
Derek L. Hill , Stephen J. Moss and Robert L. Strong
J. Chem. Educ., 1965, 42 (10), p 541

Heat of reaction in aqueous solution by potentiometry and calorimetry: II. A redox reaction
Stephen J. Moss and Derek L. Hill
J. Chem. Educ., 1965, 42 (10), p 544