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Nitric Acid??? Answered


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.

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NurdRageBest Answer (author)2010-08-27

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

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