Electroplating is a process that uses an electric current running through an electrolyte solution to form a thin coating (or “plate”) of one type of metal over another. For this experiment, the student attempts to electroplate pieces of copper with zinc by using Parkland’s new Volteq HY machines. The sources of metal used were thin sheets of copper and zinc, along with various concentrations of zinc sulfate (ZnSO4) solutions. ZnSO4 is an electrolyte, which is a chemical compound that dissociates into ions and is a good conductor of electricity.
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Dady, Erinn, "Electroplating with Zinc" (2019). A with Honors Projects. 264.