Electrochemistry deals with the interaction between chemistry and electricity. Everything You Need to Know About Electrochemistry Basics describes the main principles of electrochemistry. It comprises all chemical reactions in which there is an exchange of electrons, also called reduction-oxidation reactions, or simply redox reactions. The exchange of electrons in these cases will lead to an electrical potential difference, which can be used in many ways in our day to day lives, such as in batteries or fuel cells. Everything You Need to Know About Electrochemistry Basics explains the main principles that govern these reactions, including the definition of reduction and oxidation, how to write the half-reactions that are involved in redox reactions, how to balance them, how to calculate the potential of the reaction in standard and non-standard conditions. After reading this book, you will be able to work with redox reactions and know the effect of the most important parameters such as voltage and concentration. Based on these principles, Everything You Need to Know About Electrochemistry Basics will also give you the tools to understand the processes involved in such important applications as corrosion prevention, batteries or fuel cells, making the transition from fundamentals to applications easy and uncomplicated. That way, you will not only gain in theoretical knowledge, but also in practical knowledge on the topic.
This book is ideal for high school students in their final years, as well as college students who are just starting to interact with different chemistry principles. If you are a student in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or any other discipline that needs electrochemistry, then this book is for you
If you have ever used a phone, a calculator, a watch or any other form of device that relies on batteries, you have used electrochemistry. And it does not stop there; electrochemistry is also involved in less desired processes such as corrosion, and teaches us how to prevent it. Nowadays, electrochemistry is present in almost every aspect of our everyday life. Moreover, its use is expected to grow even more, as the imminent energy transition must include either batteries in large amounts, electrolysis of water to create fuels, or fuel cells to oxidize them more efficiently. In summary, electrochemistry is one of the most important branches of chemistry nowadays, and will continue to be as chemistry and electricity get more and more intertwined in our current societies.
So, what is electrochemistry? Electrochemistry deals with the interaction between chemistry and electricity. It comprises all chemical reactions in which there is an exchange of electrons, also called reduction-oxidation reactions, or simply redox reactions. This book explains the main principles that govern electrochemistry, how to write and balance electrochemical reactions and how to calculate the electrical potential involved. Moreover, we will touch on what the Nernst equation means and how to use it to calculate potentials that are not in the standard conditions.
Finally, the main applications of electrochemistry in our day to day life are explained using the new knowledge that you have gained. The main topics treated in this respect are the principles of corrosion and how to avoid it, the different kinds of batteries and what they are based on, the principles of electrolysis, especially of water splitting, and finally the use of fuel cells to produce electricity by driving the oxidation of fuels such as hydrogen or methane.