Does zinc react in distilled water?

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Jun 11, 2017

Answer:

see below

Explanation:

thermodynamically zinc should react with distilled water because its redox potential is -0,76 V while for neutral water is -0,42 V, so we should have:
# Zn + 2 H^+ = Zn^(2+) + H_2#. But cinetically this reaction doesn't occur (it need an high activation energy to develop a gas on its surface) unless there is an opportune catalyst.
So Zn is used to preserve iron from corrosion by covering the same iron with thin layers of zinc