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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - May 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 May 2023:

  1. USA-based companies account for 48% of the world's microchip sales, but USA-based microchip fabrication plants only account for 12% of the world's semiconductor manufacturing. This is down from a 37% rate in 1990.

  2. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) recently implemented a technique similar to atomic layer deposition to coat a layer of titanium and germanium oxide to reduce unwanted laser absorption and increase sensitivity of its gravitational wave detectors by 8x.

  3. The first successful electric car in the United States made its debut in 1890 by William Morrison, a chemist in Des Moines, Iowa. His 6-passenger vehicle had a top speed of 14 miles per hour.

  4. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Volkswagen recently demonstrated a polyphase EM coil design with 120 kW wireless EV charging at 98% coil-to-coil energy efficiency, with plans in place to increase this to 300 kW.

  5. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, which successfully demonstrated the ability to alter the course of asteroids through kinetic impact, was propelled by a solar-powered system using electrostatic acceleration of ions from xenon propellant.

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