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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - June 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 June 2024:

  1. The 10^11 neurons and 10^15 synapses in the human brain use ~20W, whereas a digital simulation of an artificial neural network of the same size consumes ~7.9MW.

  2. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses an electromagnetic coil on the scalp to apply pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in the brain to treat depression symptoms.

  3. The Shockley-Queisser Limit, also known as the Detailed Balance Limit, refers to a paper from 1961 showing that the maximum theoretical efficiency of photovoltaic cells made from a single p-n junction is 33.7% (also with several assumptions in place to perform the calculation).

  4. Earth's geomagnetic field variations in the upper atmosphere have been shown to induce electric currents in long pipelines, which contributes to corrosion in pipelines.

  5. Researchers at MIT created a fabric incorporating piezoelectric material which can convert sound vibrations into electrical signals and consequently determine the precise direction of sudden sounds.

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