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It has been fashionable to describe electrochemistry as a discipline at the interface between the branches of chemistry and many other sciences. A perusal of the table of contents will affirm that view. Electrochemistry finds applications in all branches of chemistry as well as in biology, biochemistry, and engineering; electrochemistry gives us batteries and fuel cells, electroplating and electrosynthesis, and a host of industrial and technological applications which are barely touched on in this book. However, I will maintain that electrochemistry is really a branch of physical chemistry. Electrochemistry grew out of the same tradition which gave physics the study of electricity and magnetism. The reputed founders of physical chemistry-Arrhenius, Ostwald, and van't Hoff-made many of their contributions in areas which would now be regarded as electrochemistry. With the post-World War II capture of physical chemistry by chemical physicists, electrochemists have tended to retreat into analytical chemistry, thus defining themselves out of a great tradition. G. N. Lewis defined physical chemistry as qthe study of that which is interesting.q I hope that the readers of this book will find that electrochemistry qualifies.CB(j, k+1) = CB(j, k) + CA(j, k) [1 - exp (-k)] (A. 19b) Analytical expressions can be used for more complex reaction schemes, ... to be used in the simulation is determined by nt = t6t (A.20) where t is the total time of the experiment to be modeled.

Author: P.H. Rieger
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06

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