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[CONTRIBUTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT


OF CHEMISTRY OF YALE UNIVERSITY ]

Temperature Variation in Transference Numbers of Concentrated Solutions of


Sulfuric Acid as Determined by the Galvanic Cell Method’
BY WALTERJ. HAMER~
In a previous contributiona measurements of apparatus could be dismantled except compartment F,
the cell which was constructed permanently in the thermostat and
had stopcock X below and outside the bath. The entire
Ht I HnSOi(m) I HgtSO4 I Hg (1) apparatus to stopcocks Y and Y’ was evacuated through
where the concentration was varied from 0.05 to stopcock X and then filled (compartment F excepted)
17.5 molal and the temperature from 0 to 60’ with solution by opening stopcocks Y, Y’, M and M’.
were reported. In this contribution measure- Each cell was filled separately, cell E with the less dense of
the two solutions and cell E’ with the more dense solution.
ments of the cell T o prevent air from entering the system during this
Hg I Hg,SO( I HaSOdm) I H&&(m’) 1 HgzSO4 1 Hg (2) process, hydrogen was led into the solution flasks as indi-
measured over the same range of concentration cated. Cells E and E‘ were then allowed to stand in the
thermostatic bath (maintained constant to within *0.02’)
and temperature will be presented. The corre- for from one to two hours. Then the apparatus was raised
sponding cell a t the same concentration ratios carefully several cm. and the denser solution from flask A’
without liquid junction may be obtained from which had also been kept in the thermostat was introduced
various combinations of cell (1) and may be into compartment F and the apparatus was then lowered
represented by to its initial position. Any air introduced*by this process
does not come into direct contact with the electrodes and
Hg I HgzSO4 I HnSO4(m) [ HaSO4(m‘) I Hg2SO4 I Hg (3) any small trace present does not affect the observed elec-
From measurements of cells (2) and (3) the trans- tromotive forces appreciably. This has been shown to be
ference numbers of the hydrogen ion of sulfuric true by Randall and Stone4 and was confirmed by Harned
and Hamer.8 The compartments were filled only to the
acid may be readily calculated. level shown to prevent direct contact of sulfuric acid with
the rubber stoppers. Immediately after the three compart-
ments were filled, stopcocks M and M’ were opened to
make electrical connections and the electromotive forces
were read immediately. Measurements were then taken
a t thirty-minute intervals for a period of a day.
A total of six Compartments F were constructed, two in
each of three thermostats, thus making possible fifteen con-
centration ratios between five initial and different con-
centrations. Errors due to small electrode differences
were eliminated by first measuring one electrode against
another containing the same solution. A new junction was
made for each temperature and only one temperature was
measured in the period of a day. It was found impractical
to measure the same junction throughout a temperature
range as was done for cells without the liquid junction.
Liquid Junction Construction.-The apparatus shown
Fig. 1.-Apparatus for the measurements of cell (2). and described above is characterized by its simplicity in
construction where the junction between the two different
Experimental Procedure concentrations is at the tip of a small tube of one and a
half millimeter in diameter. The electromotive force for a
The electrodes and solutions were prepared in the same
junction between two different electrolytes has been shown
manner as described by Harned and Hamer.8 In Fig. 1
to depend upon the breadth of the “boundary layer” as
a diagram of the apparatus employed for these measure-
well as the method of construction of the junction! How-
ments is shown. Mercury ( p ) and mercurous sulfate (a)
ever, it is generally conceded from theoretical considera-
were introduced into the cells E and E‘ with the pre-
tions as well as experimental observations that a junction
cautions previously described. All the parts of the
between the same electrolyte at different concentrations
(1) This contribution is part of a study of the thermodynamics of is not only independent of the breadth of the “boundary
rulftiric acid and its relation to the lead accumulator. This investiga- layer” but also of the method of construction. Scatchard
tion was made possible by a grant from the Naval Research Labora-
tory, Anacostia Station, Washington, D. C. It is published with and Buehrer8 found that this was not strictly true for a
permission of the Secretary of the Navy. (4) Randall and Stone, ibid., 61, 1752 (1929).
(2) Research Laboratory of Physicid Chemistry, M~ssachusetts ( 5 ) Maclagan, Biochcm. J . , 13, 809 (1929); Gtiggenheim, THIS
Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. JOWRNAL, 62, 1315 (1930).
( 3 ) Harned and Hamer, THISJOWRNAL, 67, 27 (1935). ( 6 ) Scatchard and Buehrer, ibid., 68, 574 (1931).
April, 1935 TRANSFERENCE IN CONCENTRATED
NUMBERS SULFURIC
Acm 663

simple concentration cell with hydrochloric acid, and that be given here a t 0’ to illustrate. For 0.05-0.2
the “Clark type of junction” is a more steady and repro- molal where is equal to 711 calories we should
ducible junction than a “flowing junction” where the
obtain 0.02745 v. The measured value was
“boundary layer” is much sharper. Although they found
the difference between the two t o be quite small (order of 0.027444 v. For 0.1-1.0, 0.1-2.0, 0.2-2.0, 0.5-
0.03 mv.) they stated that a stationary junction with a 2.0, 1.0-4.0, 5.0-8.0, 10.0-15.0 and for 15.0-17.0
broad “boundary layer” was t o be preferred. The differ- molal where is less than 2000 calories we find
ences were attributed by them t o heat effects produced the differences between the “summed-up” elec-
within the “boundary layer.” It was for this reason as
tromotive forces of Table I and the observed ones
well as conclusions drawn by others6,’ that the above
junction, a broad junction of about one-half centimeter in to be, respectively, 0.01, 0.019, 0.031, 0.002,
breadth (measured parallel to the Concentration gradient) 0.078,0.119,0.15 and 0.033 mv., which is certainly
was chosen for these measurements. With its use steady not large. For the ratios where ZZ exceeds 5000
electromotive forces reproducible t o better than * 0.01 calories, namely, 0.05-10.0, 0.1-10.0, 0.2-10.0,
mv. were obtained. 0.5-10.0, 1.0-10.0, 2.0-15.0, 5.0-15.0, and 0.05-
Measurements were especially desired in concentrated
solutions and due t o the large heats of dilution for sulfuric 17.0 molal we find the differences to be respec-
acid solutions, it was impossible to maintain one concen- tively 1.06, 0.90, 0.82, 0.77, 0.57, 1.47, 0.55 and
tration constant and vary the other. Consequently, a 3.39 mv.
large number of preliminary measurements were made in At least qualitatively, it is apparent that these
order t o determine the proper concentration ratios which differences observed ut aero time are not merely a
would give steady and reproducible electromotive forces,
or, in other words, the ratios for which the heat effects are function of the concentration or the activity ratio
a t a minimum. From these measurements it was found but some function of the “heat of mixing.” This
that any ratio where the molalities differed by one molal can be shown by plotting the difTerences (AE)
except for the more dilute solutions or where the differences against m/m’ or ala‘. A series of curves are
between the relative partial molal heat contents of the obtained which fuse into one another if (aE)be
two concentrations under consideration were below ap-
proximately 800 calories could be reproduced with an
plotted against a. This implies that the ratio
accuracy of better than AO.01 mv., and when the differ- 5.0-10.0 molal is less steady and reproducible than
ences became 2000 calories the accuracy was reduced to 0.05-0.10 molal even though m/m’ is the same,
*0.15 mv. For extreme cases of difference of 10,000 due to the larger heat effect obtained in the former
calories, the accuracy was extremely low and of the order case. These differences are unquestionably due
of 3.5 mv. Smaller differences in concentration or relative
partial molal heat contents would likewise be suitable and
primarily to heat effects or to the temperature
give steady and reproducible electromotive forces but ex- gradients around the “boundary layer” and
perimental accuracy is sacrificed somewhat. Table I become more evident and exert a greater influence
was constructed on this basis. The electromotive forces upon the electromotive force for concentration
given in Table I are the average of four measurements and ratios where the heats of dilution are larger.
in no case was the average deviation more than AO.01
mv. Moreover, these electromotive forces are those
They are also probably influenced by the appa-
recorded immediately after formation of the junction and ratus employed. Scatchard and Buehrer em-
remained constant (slight variation of *0.003 mv.) for a ployed a junction in which there. was rapid heat
period of a day. It is also t o be noticed that the differences conduction and undoubtedly larger ratios may be
in the relative partial molal heat contents for m,and m‘ employed for sulfuric acid in cells in which the
in this table are below 600 calories for all ratios.’
junction is so constructed that heat conduction is
In order to test the effect of “heat of mixing” rapid. However, the relative differences found
upon the observed electromotive force, we may add above will still persist and remain independent of
successive electromotive forces of Table I, which the apparatus Finally, it must be emphasized
gives us a series of values at various ratios for that the above differences are obtained only at
which the heat effects are a t a minimum as ex- zero time and decrease with time, but less
emplified by the steadiness and reproducibility de- dependence may be placed in these measurements
scribed above, and then compare these “summed- than in those which remain steady.
up” electromotive forces with ones measured. A Method of Evaluation of Transference Num-
large number of concentration ratios were meas- bers at a Particular Concentration.-The differ-
ured but for the sake of brevity only a few will ential equations for the electromotive forces
(7) Lewis, Brighton and Sebastian,Tars JOVRNAL, 89,2245 (1917); of the cells without and with liquid junction
also, Taylor, “Treatise on Physical Chemistry,” 2d ed., Vol. 1, are given, respectively, by
Chap. XI1 by H. S. Harned, p. 819 el seg.. I).Van Nostrand Co., New
York, 1931. dEa = (3RT/2F)d In u (4)
664 WALTERJ. HAMEK VOl. 57

and entiable function, from values of the latter ob-


dE2 a (3RT/2F)t d In u 5 t dEs
served for equally spaced values of the independ-
(5)
where t is the cation transference number at ent variable. Briefly, this method involves the
concentration m and temperature T and a is the use of a Lagrange polynomial of degree four which
geometric mean activity of the ions in the same is passed through successive five points until the
solution. The method of Jones and Dole* in eatire curve is defined. This method is very
which the integration of the differential equation accurate and ideally suited to this case where the
(5) requires a functional relationship between the slope shows but a slight curvature, and successive
transference number and the activity is not values of the derivative for any one point on the
suitable to this case, since an analytical treatment curve were in good agreement, indicating that the
of sulfuric acid is complicated by the fact that errors of observation were small This method
sulfuric acid is an incompletely dissociated un- was found preferable to that employed by Mac-
symmetrical electrolyte which dissociates to give Innes and Beattie since it was unnecessary to
ions of unequal size. Moreover, an expression formulate an equation for the variation of & with
for the variation of the transference number with the logarithm of the activity of the solute, and the
the concentration is likewise complicated and an evaluation of the empirical constants by the
inspection of the final values shows that they do method of least squares.
not follow a parabolic equation or any other well
d e h e d expression. Experimental Data
Instead, direct integrations of the differential In Table I the electromotive forces of the cell
equation (5) was employed. For the evaluation with liquid junction are given. In practice the
TABLEI
THEELECTROMOTIVE
FORCESFROM 0 TO 60' OF CELL(2)
nt m' 00 100 15' 25' 350 450 800
0.05 0.10 0.01394 0.01420 0.01431 0.01451 0.01464 0.01472 0.01478
.IO .20 .01351 .01384 .01400 .01428 .01450 .01469 .01490
.20 .30 .00757 ,00792 .00804 .00825 .00844 .00861 .00874
.30 .50 .01055 .01076 .01083 .01101 .01110 ,01116 .01124
.w 1 .o .01565 .01594 .01604 .01625 .01638 ,01644 ,01636
1 .o 2.0 .01994 .01998 .02005 .02005 .01996 ,01980 ,01946
2.0 3.0 .01637 .01627 .01622 .01605 .01580 .01556 ,01508
3.0 4.0 .01459 .01442 .01429 .01410 ,01381 .01362 ,01306
4.0 5.0 .01328 .01310 ,01302 .01277 .01250 .01216 ,01178
5.0 6.0 .01186 .
01168 .01158 .01134 .01109 .01080 .01035
6.0 7.0 .01054 .01035 ,01024 .01002 ,00981 ,00949 .00917
7.0 8.0 .00925 .00908 ,00898 ,00879 .00858 .00836 .00799
8.0 9.0 .00815 .00799 .00791 .00762 .00754 ,00733 .00699
9.0 10.0 .00701 .00686 ,00679 .00682 .00647 ,00630 .00602
10.0 11.0 .00652 .00636 ,00631 .00613 .00600 .00583 .00558
11.o 12.0 .00579 ,00569 .00564 .00552 .00539 .00526 .00505
12.0 13.0 .00526 .00516 .00511 .00501 ,00491 ,00482 .00469
13.0 14.0 .00490 .00478 .00471 .00460 .00449 .00434 .00416
14.0 15.0 .00445 ,00433 .00428 .00416 .00404 .00394 .00378
15.0 16.0 .00403 .00397 .00399 .00387 .00382 .00374 .00369
16.0 17.0 .00384 ,00373 .0036 1 ,00357 ,00347 .00336 .00322

of the slope of Ea against Es, we shall employ the sixth decimal was read but results are only given
method of Rutledgelo of finding, with known to 0.01 mv. For calculations 0.05 molal was
limit of error, the derivative function of a differ- chosen for the fixed concentration and the electro-
(8) Jones and Dole, TEUSJOURNAL, 61, 1073 (1929). motive forces up to 17.0 molal were obtained by
(9) See MacInnes and Beattie, ibid., 48, 1117 (1920): Lucasse,
ibid.. 47, 743 (1925). summation. Values at the corresponding concen-
(IO) Rutledge, J . Moth. Phys. M.I . T.,8, 1 (1929); Phys. RGW., tration ratios for the cells without liquid junction
40, 262 (1932). The Lagrange polynomial is merely employed as a
tool and there is no implicption that the entire curve can be repre- were obtained from Table I of a previous paper
sented by a polynomial. The author is indebted to Professor George by Harned and HamerSa For sake of brevity,
Scatchard for the reference to this method of evaluating the slope
and for suggestions in its application. plots of & against E3 and of dEz/dEa against equal
I1
TABLE
THE CATIONTRANSFERENCE OF SULFURIC
NUMBERS ACID
m 00 100 150 25’ 350 45’ 60.
0.00“ (0.840) (0.829) (0.824) (0.813) (0.801) (0.788) (0.761)
.05 .839 .834 .so ,819 .SO7 .793 .770
.10 .838 .834 .829 .819 .807 .793 .770
.20 .837 .833 .829 .SI9 .806 .792 .770
.50 ,834 ,828 ,824 .815 .so1 .787 .764
1.oo .828 .822 ,818 .SO8 .793 .779 ,755
2.00 .816 ,808 .803 ,793 ,779 .763 .737
3.00 ,803 .793 .788 .776 .762 .747 .720
5.00 .772 ,762 ,756 ,744 .730 ,715 ,689
8.00 ,720 .708 ,702 .690 .676 .663 .641
10.00 ,682 .672 ,666 .665 .642 ,629 ,610
12.00 .638 .629 .625 .616 .605 .595 ,578
14.00 .591 .584 ,580 .573 .564 .556 ,543
17.00 .512 .508 ,506 .502 .498 .494 .488
CL .0331 .0362 .0370 .0375 .03m ,0331 .0250
’Calculated from conductance data.
intervals of E3 will not be given. Suffice it to say the transference number are read from these plots
they were smooth curves which deviate but at the E3’s corresponding to round concentrations
slightly and regularly from a straight line. From of sulfuric acid. Values of the cation transference
the plots of EZagainst E3, smoothed values of & numbers obtained by this method from 0.05 to
at twenty-eight equal intervals of E3 were read. 17.0 molal and at various temperatures are given
These were then employed in the method of in Table 11. Measurements below 0.05 molal
Rutledge and the numerical values of &/dEa cannot be clearly interpreted due to the solu-
were calculated employing the Rutledge equation bility of mercurous sulfate. l2
for the derivative1‘ The transference numbers are seen to decrease
dyldx = 4 + (1/1211)(C-z~-2 + C-iy-1 + COYO+ with concentration except below approximately
+
C~YI Ca~2) (6) 0.20 molal, where they remain nearly constant
In this application, the derivative was carried within the experimental error of +=0.001. From
only to significant figures corresponding to the (12) Solubility data for mercurous sulfate in sulfuric acid are not
significant figure of the experimental error and known above 1.0 molal and consequently corrections cannot be made
n the more concentrated solutions. Since an added electrolyte lowers
the values of the transference numbers given are the electromotive force it is t o be expected t h a t corrections for this
accurate to *0.001. Since twenty-eight equal solubility would raise the values of the transference numbers in the
more concentrated range unless the solubility changes in a manner
intervals of 0.01 volt were read for E3 we have as t o produce no change in the slope of El against Ea. In 0.05 molal
twenty-two shifts of equation (6) along the curve sulfuric acid solution the concentration of mercurous sulfate is
0 000681 molal a t 0’ and 0.001060 molal a t 60’ as computed from
with three derivative determinations in each shift the combined solubility data of Drucker, Z. onorg. Chcm., $8, 361
which are averaged in the manner described by (1901); Wilsmore, 2. ghysik. Chcm., 31, 305 (1900); Wright and
Thompson, Phil. Mag., [SI 17, 288 (1884); Barre, Ann. chim., [SI
Rutledge. This gives us twenty-two slopes or 24,203 (1911); Brodsky, Z.Elekbochen., 31, 833 (1929);and Hager
values of dEz/dE3 at the same number of Ea and Hulett, J . Phys. Chrm., 36, 2095 (1932). Since the sulfate ion
contributes one-third as much t o the electromotive force as the
intervals. To obtain the slope a t both ends of the hydrogen ion, the error introduced a t 0.05 molal if solubility correc-
curve, we may either employ smaller values of tions are not made is +0.45% at OD and +0.51% a t 60’. This
error is not confined t o one cell but t o both the cells with and without
“h” or only evaluate those derivatives for which liquid junction, and the correction must be applied t o the slope of E
we have sufficient points, or “CXyx”values when against Et. Since the slope is approximately 0.8 a t this concentra-
tion, the error produced in the transference number with neglect of
the above value of “h” is retained. The values of solubility corrections is about 0.08% a t 0’ and 0.09% a t 60’. I n
d.E~,/d& determined in this manner are then addition the solubility of mercurous sulfate has an effect upon the
liquid junction potential, but corrections for this effect are quite
plotted against E3 and the values of d E z / d E a or small, especially when the acid concentrations differ by 1.0 molal
(11) Rutledge, Phys. Rev., 40,262 (1932). I n the application here, or less. For more dilute solutions, interpretations become more
dy/dx becomes dEa/dEa: ”h” is the interval between successive difficult. At 0,001molal the solubility of mercurous sulfate a t 0’
values of Ea and was taken equal t o 0.01 volt; C‘s are functions of is 0,000989 molal or 99% of t h e acid concentration. Corrections
(Ea-E’a)/h at successive points on thecurve; yis equal t o (&-#Ea); for the sulfate ion may be made by calculating the total sulfate ion
E’r is the value of the third point of original five points taken; and concentration, which is then substituted in the expression for the
6 is the straight line slope introduced into equation (6) to reduce electromotive force, but the large concentration of mercurous ion
the magnitude of the slope in the calculations. Numerical values becomes a disturbing factor which cannot be accurately eliminated
of the C’s were obtained from Table I1 of the paper by Rutledge without some knowledge of the activity of sulfuric acid in the
referred t o above. presence of mercurous sulfate.
666 WALTERJ. HAMER VOl. 57

experimental observations18it has been found that the paper by MacInnes, Shedlovsky and Longs-
the transference numbers of most ions if below 0.5 worth16 and for the sulfate ion from the data
decrease with increasing concentration and if compiled by Partington. lS For the calculations
above 0.5 become larger as the concentration is at the other temperatures, the temperature coeffi-
increased. In dilute solutions this variation is cient for the mobility of the sulfate ion obtained
also predicted theoretically from the limiting by Noyes and Falkls and of the hydrogen ion by
conductance equations of Debye and Hiickel and Kendall" were employed, and from these data the
On~ager.1~Since the transference numbers of the conductance of sulfuric acid and the cation trans-
hydrogen ion of sulfuric acid are above 0.5 and ference numbers at zero concentration were calcu-
vary with concentration in the direction opposite lated. Values of the latter are given at various
to that expected, the constancy of the values at temperatures in the first row of Table 11.
approximately 0.20 molal and less seems to indi- The value of the limiting slope for the hydrogen
cate that we are in the neighborhood of a maxi- ion is given by the equation
mum in the transference number-concentration t~ ~ )- Z ~ ] Y * / ~
ti f (41,01/q D1/zT1/rdo) [(ZH - ~ 8 0 $J
curve. It is of interest as well as advisable to = kk + a' [(zz - 280,) fk - ZH]r1/'
test this supposition and a t the same time test the = ti -
0.9 where t~ and & are the transference
numbers of the hydrogen ion at a con-
LL
centration, m, and at zero concentra-
tion, respectively; &, is the conductiv-
ity of sulfuric acid at zero concentra-
0.8 tion; T the absolute temperature;
q is the viscosity in poises of the pure
solvent;'* D the dielectric constant of
water;'g ZH the valence of the hydro-
gen ion; zso, the valence of the sulfate
0.7
.i
ion and considered negative; r is
equal to ciq2 and the constant
value is the universal constant derived
by Debye and Huckel and Onsager.
0.6 a' and a! are constants 41.01/qD1/'T'/2
!
A0 and CX'[(ZH - zso,)t& - z ~ ] f j ~ / ' ,
respectively, and values of the latter
are given at various temperatures in
the last row of Table 11. Equation
0.5 (7) follows from the definition of the
I I I I transference number of an ion,. ZJA, _. ~

0 1 2 3 4 and the Debye-Hiickel-Onsager con-


mx. ductance equations, and it shows that
Fig. 2.-Variation of transference number of the hydrogen ion of sulfuric
acid with the square root of the molality.
the transference number of an ion
varies linearly in dilute solutions with
consistency of the present data with the best the square root of the concentration. In equa-
conductance data by calculations of the trans- tion (7) all terms higher than the first power in
ference number at zero Concentration from the r'/' were dropped as we are only interested in the
latter data. limiting law.
The ionic conductance at zero concentration In Fig. 2 the transference numbers are plotted
and at 25" for the hydrogen ion was taken from against the square root of the molality at 0, 25,
(13) Taylor, "Treatise on Physical Chemistry," 2d ed., Vol. I, (15) MacInnes. Shedlovsky and Longsworth, THIS JOURNAL, 54,
Chap. XI, by J. R. Partington, p. 683,D. Van Nostrand Co., New 2758 (1932).
York, 1931. (18) Noyes and Falk, ibid., S4, 454 (1912).
(14) Debye and H(icke1, Physik. Z . , 24, 305 (1932); Trans. (17) Kendall, J . Chem. SOL, 101, 1275 (1912).
Faraday Soc.. 28, 334 (1927); Onsager, Physik. Z.,2'7, 388 (1926); (18) The valuer for the viscosity of water were taken from the
as, 272 (1927); J . Phys. Chem., 36, 2689 (1932); Trans. Faraday "International Critical Tables," Vol. V, p. 10.
Soc., 23, 341 (1927). (19) Wyman. Phys. Rev.. 35, 623 (1930).
April, 1935 NUMBERS
TRANSFERENCE SULFURIC
IN CONCENTRATED ACID 667

45 and 60". These curves were drawn smoothly found for the latter values when various data24
to the value of the transference number at zero are compared and because most of the data is for
concentration and the limiting slopes ("L.L.") concentrations below 0.05 molal. Sherrill and
were drawn. For consistency with the best Noyes26employed 0.81G at 25' for the value of the
conductance data, the supposition as regards the cation transference number at 0.05 molal and for
occurrence of a maximum in the transference all concentrations more dilute. The value ob-
number-concentration curve has been justified tained in this work is 0.819 and corresponds to the
except at 0°.20 It is also interesting that the maximum value, while the value a t zero concen-
limiting slope is approached at the various tration is 0.8133. At 20" Tower obtained 0.821,
temperatures in very much the same manner as 0.824, 0,819, 0.813, and 0.812 at 0.05, 0.10, 0.20,
was found for extrapolation functions of electro- 0.50 and 1.0 molal, respectively, while the values
motive force measurements of sulfuric acid solu- obtained in this investigation at the same con-
tions21 and for the relative partial molal heat centrations are, respectively, 0.825, 0.825, 0.824,
contents of sulfuric acid.3 In other words, the 0.819 and 0.812.
limiting slope is approached at higher conceatra- The author takes this opportunity to express
tions at 0' than it is at 60" and the maximum in his appreciation to Professor Herbert S. Harned
the curve is more marked at higher temperatures. who suggested this investigation and for advice
This is an expected behavior due to the increased during its progress.
ionic association of sulfuric acid at higher tempera-
tures. 22 summary
Conclusion 1. Measurements of the cell
For reasons stated above, no attempt has been Hg 1 Hg2SO4 I HnSOdm) I HSO,(m') I Hgrsor I Hg
made to express the variation of the transference have been made over a concentration range of 0.05
numbers with concentration and temperature in to 17.0 molal and at temperatures 0, 10, 15, 25,35,
the form of equations. The values at any desired 45 and 60'.
concentration between 0.05 and 17.0 molal and at 2. From measurements of the above cell and
temperatures between 0 and 60" may be obtained corresponding values for a cell without liquid
by interpolation. junction reported by Harned and Hamex, the
The transference numbers are seen to decrease transference numbers of the hydrogen ion of
with temperature. This decrease is in accord sulfuric acid were calculated for the same ranges
with the conclusions drawn from the data ob- of temperature and concentration with use of the
tained for other electrolytes by Noyes and Falk.23 Rutledge equation for the derivative determina-
They stated that if the transference numbers are tion.
exactly 0.5 they remain constant with tempera- 3. Considerations involved in the applica-
ture, if less than 0.5 they increase, and if greater bility of the galvanic cell method to very concen-
than 0.5 they decrease with rise in temperature. trated solutions of sulfuric acid have been dis-
This trend is clearly shown here and for a single cussed.
electrolyte in that the values at 17.0 molal de- 4. Extrapolations of the cation transference
crease less rapidly with rise in temperature than at numbers of sulfuric acid to zero concentration and
0.05 molal where the magnitude of the transfer- the limiting law based upon the Debye-Hiickel-
ence number is larger. Onsager conductance equations are given a t
No complete comparison with Hittorf deter- various temperatures.
mined values is possible due to wide divergence NEWHAVEN,CONN. RECEIVED
FEBRUARY
4, 1935
(20) An error of 1 % in the mobility of the sulfate ion only produce
an error of from 0.1 to 0.2% in the transferencr number at zero (24) Bein, 2. physik. Chcm.. 27, 1 (1898); Jahn, ibid., 87, 673
concentration and the calculated values are probably within this (1901); Jabn and Huybrechts, ibid.. 68, 651 (1907); Tower. THIS
limit of accuracy. JOURNAL, 26, 1039 (1904); Noyes and Stewart, i b i d . , 32, 1134
(21) Hamer, THIS JOURNAL, 67, 9 (1935). (1910): Noyes and Falk, ibid.. 83, 1454 (1911); 34, 470 (1912);
(22) Hamer, ibid., 66, 860 (1934). Whctham and Paine, Proc. Roy. SOC.(London), A81, 58 (1908).
(23) Noyes and Falk, ibid., 88, 1436 (1911). (25) Sherrill and Noyes, THISJOURNAL, 48, 1861 (1926).