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 March 2022:
Induction cooktops work best with iron-based pots & pans, not aluminum or copper, because iron has much higher electrical resistance to most efficiently turn the induced current into heat to cook food.
In 2017, electronics systems powered by semiconductor-based computer chips comprised 40% of the production cost of a new car. This figure increased from 18% in 2000, 20% in 2007, and is projected to reach 45% in 2030.
A recent study published in Nature concludes that present-day techniques for pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical metals recovery from Li-ion battery recycling don't significantly reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) when compared to the GHGs generated by freshly-mined metals.
Related to the entry above, an alternative recycling method called "Direct Cathode Recovery" is poised to be a more economically and environmentally promising Li-ion battery recycling method, but to work as claimed this method requires more stringent sorting of the batteries before processing when compared to pyrometallurgical or hydrometallurgical recycling methods.