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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - January 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 January 2024:


  1. Although the typical velocity of individual electrons in copper wire is millions of meters per second, but the drift (AKA average) velocity of electrons in a copper wire carrying 10A is just 0.25 millimeters per second.

  2. Liquid crystals, like those in TV screens, were recently used to create building blocks of circuits (gates, amplifiers, conductors) to perform computations commonly used in computers.

  3. The insulating oxide layer in modern transistors is just 10-20 hydrogen atoms wide, which is small enough for quantum effects to disrupt traditional charge-pumping measurements. Researchers at NIST found a way to replace traditional charge-pumping single-frequency square waves with a frequency-modulated signal to detect defects as small as the width of a single hydrogen atom.

  4. Axial flux motors have historically been confined only to low-profile applications at the expense of power and efficiency, but recent materials advancements make axial flux motor technology potentially viable for electric vehicles.

  5. An organic LED (OLED) 3D-printed prototype demonstrated the ability to bend 2000 times without significantly reducing its light emission intensity, which is a milestone for flexible & wearable electronics manufacturing methods.

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