The electrochemical scientists at Pine Research, while perhaps a bit biased, find electrochemsitry to be one of the most progressive and popular areas of materials engineering and analytical science. On occasion, we hear the phrase, “haven’t you discovered all there is to know about electrochemistry back in the 1960’s?” Indeed, some may not be aware of the recent renaissance of electrochemical science in the past decade. As the world demands high capacity and high-efficiency power systems (batteries, solar cells/photovoltaics, fuel cells, artificial photosynthesis, etc.) that are as sustainable and green as possible, the modern scientist who may not have been aware of electroanalytical chemistry are now finding it an essential component of their research program.
A recent article in ScienceDaily is quite intriguing . In it, the author describes that existing understanding of complex electrochemical systems relies on solid mathematical models; yet, these models do not provide a comprehensive understanding commonly observed behavior in electrochemical systems. Namely, in semiconductor applications (e.g., photoelectrochemistry and supercapacitors), the existing electrochemical models fail to explain complex mechanisms of the materials used, which have unique properties not captured by existing models. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have published an article describing a new model for understanding the materials used in electrochemical systems: The Unified Electrochemical Band Diagram Framework, published in the Advanced Functional Materials .
At Pine Research, we are eager to learn about your new discoveries. How has electrochemistry shaped and informed your research? What accomplishments in the field have you made? Come tell us all about it! We will be exhibiting at the upcoming Midwest Regional ACS Meeting at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (October 21 – 23, 2018). Share your research with us and learn about our products that might support your electrochemical research. We will have our new WaveDriver 200 Integrated Bipotentiostat (with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, EIS) and the WaveVortex 10 Electrode Rotator for you to explore. See you soon – and enjoy the article!
 DOE/Argonne National Laboratory. “Electrochemistry: Greater than the sum of its parts.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180918110958.htm (accessed October 15, 2018).  Young, M.J.; Holder, A.M.; Musgrave, C.B. The Unified Electrochemical Band Diagram Framework: Understanding the Driving Forces of Materials Electrochemistry. Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 1803439. (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201803439)