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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - August 2022

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 interact 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 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 August 2022:

  1. Over 98% of materials (by mass) in lead-acid batteries are currently recycled, largely possible because they are made of a standard mixture of materials enclosed in a single case.

  2. The corrosion rate of steel rebar in concrete is typically a negligible 0.1 micrometer per year. But in cases where its outer oxide layer is breached, the steel corrodes 1000x faster.

  3. Researchers have successfully bypassed the eyes with a brain implant that allows rudimentary vision for blind people using a 100-electrode implant in the visual cortex.

  4. Standard organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have an internal quantum efficiency of nearly 100%. But their external quantum efficiency, defined as the % of produced photons that escape from the device, is only around 20%.

  5. The US Department of Energy estimates that by achieving a $60 per kWh battery price, an electric vehicle's total cost of ownership would be 26 cents per mile. Cars powered by internal combustion engines have a total cost of ownership of 27 cents per mile.

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