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Modern Thermodynamics for Chemists and Biochemists$
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Dennis Sherwood and Paul Dalby

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198782957.001.0001

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(p.591) 20 Electrochemistry
Modern Thermodynamics for Chemists and Biochemists

Dennis Sherwood

Paul Dalby

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores electrochemistry, from the fundamental observations associated with the Daniel Cell to redox reactions and the Nernst equation. As throughout the book, all the discussions are based on rigorous first principles, with each step carefully explained, and deduced logically from previous material. Topics covered include electrodes and electrode potentials, half-cells and half-cell reactions, electrochemical cells, the electromotive force, standard reversible electrode potentials, oxidising and reducing agents, redox reactions, and the half-cell Nernst equation, and the full reaction Nernst equation.

Keywords:   Joule’s first law, Joule heating, work, electricity, current, voltage, resistance, half-cell, electrochemical cell, ion, electron, Daniel Cell, anode, cathode, electrode, hydrogen electrode, electrode potential, reversible electrode potential, electromotive force, emf, standard reversible electrode potential, Nernst equation, redox reaction, oxidising agent, reducing agent

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