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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - April 2024

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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 2024:

  1. Carbon nanotubes have the potential to supplement or replace copper wire in electric motor windings, as the conductivity of carbon nanotubes is higher than copper at the molecular level.

  2. Using carbon nanotubes in transistors and circuits increased ionizing radiation protection by 5x (10 Mrad vs 2 Mrad) compared to silicon-based radiation-tolerant transistors.

  3. 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously, which is more than 10,000 times the power all of humanity currently consumes.

  4. Computer memory comes in different forms all based on electrochemical properties. DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory) stores as charge in capacitors, SRAM (Static Random-Access Memory) stores as charge at the nodes of cross-coupled inverters, and Flash Memory uses the floating gate of transistors to store charge.

  5. "Flash Joule Heating" involves applying voltage for short durations to heat a solution and is being studied as a method to extract precious metals from industrial waste byproducts.

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