What IS Electrochemistry?
I've gotten several emails over the
years that I've had this website asking "What is
Electrochemistry?" I've tried to answer each curious passerby, and I will
continue to! However, everyone who is doing "electrochemistry" has their
own concept of what it is. I'll add my views shortly.
In the mean time, you
might consider emailing or phoning the Electrochemical Society. They have a nice booklet
entitled "What is Electrochemistry" which they will send you if you
ask politely. It contains short
articles on everything from Batteries to Sensors, and a lot in between. The last
article, "The Society on Wheels", is a nice essay on how
electrochemistry is applied in the author's automobile. It's nicely non-technical
and well worth reading with your kids! For more information on
electrochemistry and the automobile, read Bob's Electrochemical
Vehicle, or check Dr. Bob's Bookshelf for some automotive
fuel cell history and commentary!
The Chemical Heritage
Society has an exhibit on Electrochemistry and its history. They also have a
book entitled "Chemistry is Electric" which
accompanies the exhibit. The book is available from Amazon.com
or from the Chemical Heritage Society.
If you want to see
where electrochemistry started about 160 years ago, check out this
link. You might also want the thank the people who brought it to you,
and to see what else
they have to offer.
101 in 25 Words or Less? Well, not quite, but Pete Kissinger summarizes
electrochemistry in a short article in the Sept. 2002 issue of Current
Separations. Written for the non-electrochemical scientist.
Want to learn MORE? Visit
Dr. Bob's Bookshelf!
Other people's views on the question:
Keith Oldham's answer.