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AfterMath Electrochemical Studio Simulation – Basics

Last Updated: 3/30/23 by Tim Paschkewitz

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  1. Introduction
  2. User Interface Layout


Welcome to AfterMath Electrochemical Studio Simulation Basics!  Here we will get you started with our choices in labels, plotting conventions, and more.  You are smart and we know you can figure this out, but we also know we may not have chosen your preferred way of doing things.  We also strive to be abundantly clear and transparent, such that if we make any assumptions, you are clear as to what they are and how to change them, if possible.  We welcome feedback, of course, should you think we have made a mistake in our choices.
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2User Interface Layout

AfterMath Electrochemical Studio Simulation is features a new user interface experience - accordions!  Really, they are just another form of "tabs" navigation, but have the added benefit of a flow.  It also allowed us to expose more content areas of the simulation one one screen.  It can be very frustrating to flip between tabs (or accordions) unnecessarily when you want to visualize more than one plot or set of inputs at a time.
After adding a simulation to the AfterMath archive, users will see this blank canvas:

Figure 1. User Interface for AfterMath Electrochemical Studio Simulation.

Simulation starts with defining your mechanism.  From the Mechanism accordion, which is open by default, you first select a pre-defined reaction mechanism (e.g., EC, EEE, EC', etc.) or select User-Defined to build your own mechanism.  All mechanisms run the same simulation engine, but pre-defined reactions also have predefined species labels, which you cannot change.  You have to build a User-Defined reaction to also change the species labels.
Let's continue assuming you have selected User-Defined mechanism.  Now, you can add reactions - either electrochemical (charge transfer) or chemical reactions using the buttons in the toolbar.
E Reactions
We have chosen to only allow single electron transfer reactions. Users who desire to model electrochemical reactions that indicate more than one electron transfer will have to decouple that mechanism into n 1e- transfer reactions. This is consistent with Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications.
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