What is an active electrode? Explain with the help of an example

There are two types of electrodes, and they are:

  • Active electrode
  • Inert electrode

An active electrode is defined as a metal that is used in electrochemical cells. These electrodes can be oxidized or reduced. The active electrode is called ‘active’ because it actively participates in the chemical reaction. Also, it is used in electroplating. The most commonly used active electrode is the copper electrode.

Active electrode example

Difference between the active electrode and the inert electrode

Active electrode Inert electrode
It is defined as an electrode that actively participates in the chemical reaction of an electrochemical cell. It is defined as an electrode that does not participate in the chemical reaction.
The conduction of electricity takes place through ion exchange The conduction of electricity takes place through electron transfer
It is used in electroplating It is used in electrolysis

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