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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - June 2023

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 June 2023:

  1. Several paint & coatings companies named their 2022 colors of the year, with some examples including Pantone's "Very Peri", PPG's "Olive Sprig", and Behr's "Breezeway".

  2. The electron was discovered in 1897 by the English physicist J.J. Thomson during his investigations of cathode rays. Thomson initially named electrons as "corpuscles" instead.

  3. The two most common chemical pre-treatment processes to prepare aluminum for coating adhesion and corrosion protection utilize hexavalent chromium and sulfuric acid. But Oak Ridge National Lab researchers recently demonstrated a process using Laser Interference Structuring as a non-chemical alternative to coating adhesion and corrosion protection pre-treatments.

  4. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, alongside the University of Arizona and other partners, found significant benefits to co-located agriculture and photovoltaic solar panels. This combination is referred to as "agrivoltaics" and show increased crop yields, irrigation water savings, and boosted electricity output.

  5. Researchers in Germany recently built a wireless power transmission coil made of superconducting materials rather than conventional copper. The coil demonstrated the ability to transmit power up to 5kW.

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