Edexcel A Level Chemistry:复习笔记6.1.2 Standard Electrode Potential

Standard Electrode Potentials


Standard electrode potential

  • The position of equilibrium and therefore the electrode potential depends on factors such as:
    • Temperature
    • Pressure of gases
    • Concentration of reagents


  • So, to be able to compare the electrode potentials of different species, they all have to be measured against a common reference or standard
  • Standard conditions also have to be used when comparing electrode potentials
  • These standard conditions are:
    • Ion concentration of 1.00 mol dm-3
    • A temperature of 298 K
    • A pressure of 100 kPa


  • Standard measurements are made using a high resistance voltmeter so that no current flows and the maximum potential difference is achieved
  • The electrode potentials are measured relative to a standard hydrogen electrode
  • The standard hydrogen electrode is given a value of 0.00 V, and all other electrode potentials are compared to this standard
  • This means that the electrode potentials are always referred to as a standard electrode potential (Eꝋ)
  • The standard electrode potential (Eꝋ) is the potential difference ( sometimes called voltage) produced when a standard half-cell is connected to a standard hydrogen cell under standard conditions
  • For example, the standard electrode potential of bromine suggests that relative to the hydrogen half-cell it is more likely to get reduced, as it has a more positive Eꝋ value

Br2(l) + 2e– ⇌ 2Br–(aq)        Eꝋ = +1.09 V

2H+(aq) + 2e– ⇌ H2(g)        Eꝋ = 0.00 V

  • The standard electrode potential of sodium, on the other hand, suggests that relative to the hydrogen half-cell it is less likely to get reduced as it has a more negative Eꝋ value

Na+ (aq) + e– ⇌ Na(s)        Eꝋ = -2.71 V

2H+ (aq) + 2e– ⇌ H2(g)        Eꝋ = 0.00 V

The Standard Hydrogen Electrode, SHE

  • The standard hydrogen electrode is a half-cell used as a reference electrode and consists of:
    • Hydrogen gas in equilibrium with H+ ions of concentration 1.00 mol dm-3 (at 100 kPa)


2H+ (aq) + 2e- ⇌ H2 (g)

    • An inert platinum electrode that is in contact with the hydrogen gas and H+ ions
  • When the standard hydrogen electrode is connected to another half-cell, the standard electrode potential of that half-cell can be read off a high resistance voltmeter



The standard electrode potential of a half-cell can be determined by connecting it to a standard hydrogen electrode