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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - January 2022

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! All of us at Admiral Instruments are striving for a bright and prosperous 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 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 in 2022 & beyond, 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 January 2022:

  1. The first device designed to continuously monitor blood glucose levels for diabetes diagnostics was manufactured by Medtronic and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999.

  2. One ton of gold ore yields 5 grams of gold, whereas one ton of scrapped printed circuit boards from mobile phones yields as much as 150 grams of gold.

  3. In May 2021, IBM unveiled a first-of-its-kind process to produce 2-nanometer integrated circuits (ICs) that have a peak transistor density of 333,000,000 transistors per square millimeter.

  4. Electroplating was invented in the year 1805 CE by Italian inventor Luigi V. Brugnatelli, utilizing a dissolved gold solution coating onto a piece of metal.

  5. The "Baghdad Battery" is the oldest known electrochemical cell, dating back to 200 BCE. Tests show the battery could reach up to 2 Volts, and it may have been used as part of an electroplating process.

It's interesting to note that although electroplating was officially invented in 1805, there's evidence to suggest that electroplating principles were being used 2000 years prior to its official discovery!

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