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Nitric Acid???


If I electrolyze potassium nitrate mixed in water, then would it bubble out potassium and oxygen with an exothermic reaction to make nitric acid? From what I think I know I would be taking the potassium ion away from the nitrate ion so the nitrate would then combine with the water releasing oxygen to form nitric acid.

NurdRage4 years ago
The water would electrolyze first before the potassium does, you'd get hydrogen and oxygen and still have potassium nitrate.