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

Active electrode is defined as a metal which is used in electrochemical cells. These electrodes can be oxidized or reduced. Active electrode is called “active” because it actively participates in the chemical reaction. Also, it is used in electroplating. Most commonly used active electrode is the copper electrode.

Active electrode example

Difference between active electrode and inert electrode

Active electrode Inert electrode
It is defined as an electrode which actively participates in chemical reaction of an electrochemical cell It is defined as an electrode which 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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