Every day, we all use battery powered devices at home, drive vehicles, eat packaged foods, and drink clean water. These are a few examples of the countless aspects of our modern lifestyles which are reliant on electrochemistry - broadly defined as the study of how electricity interacts with materials.
As an electrochemistry instrumentation company, Admiral Instruments proudly serves our customers who are among the millions of scientists, engineers, & technicians around the world using potentiostats and battery cyclers to uncover new ways electrochemistry may benefit us all.
To celebrate how electrochemistry has shaped the past, touches our present-day lives, and influences the future, every month Admiral Instruments posts five notable news articles, publications, & trivia somehow related to electrochemistry. Click on each entry to read more from the source article!
Electrochemistry News Items & Facts for April 2023:
Researchers recently published results for transparent photovoltaic cells that look like windows and can solve a key longevity problem. The solution involves adding zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreen lotion, to enable 30-year lifespans.
Aluminum is alloyed with various elements (namely copper, manganese, silicon, magnesium, and zinc) creating 7 different alloy classes, each optimized for strength, electrical conductivity, and corrosion resistance.
Electrodeposition redox replacement has been shown to boost gold ore refining yields up to 84%, compared to 64% using traditional cyanide-based leaching methods. Another benefit of electrodeposition is avoiding use of potentially harmful reagents like cyanide.
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is developing a high-power charging standard for heavy-duty vehicles for charging up to 3.75 MW, which is 7x higher than light-duty fast charging which peaks at 500 kW.