Do electrolytic cells have salt bridges?

- No, electrolytic cells do not have salt bridges. - A salt bridge is a component of a galvanic cell, also known as a voltaic cell, which is a device that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. - In a galvanic cell, the salt bridge is used to maintain electrical neutrality in the two half-cells by allowing the movement of ions, preventing an electrical imbalance from occurring. - Electrolytic cells, on the other hand, use electrical energy to drive a non-spontaneous reaction. They consist of an electrolyte and two electrodes, an anode and a cathode. - The electrolyte in an electrolytic cell can be a molten compound or an aqueous solution, and it provides the pathway for the conduction of ions between the electrodes. - Due to the presence of the electrolyte, there is no need for a salt bridge in an electrolytic cell, as the pathway for ion movement is already established by the electrolyte itself. Sources: 1. Nivaldo J. Tro. Principles of Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. Pearson Education, 2020. 2. James E. Huheey, Ellen A. Keiter, Richard L. Keiter. Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity. Pearson Education, 2014.

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