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Title: Electrolysis cells
Author: Jensen, William B.
Description: The physical makeup of an electrolysis cell is virtually identical to that of the voltaic cell discussed in Booklet 8 of this series. Like the voltaic cell, it generally consists of two solid electrodes (called the cathode and anode) in contact with a suitable ionically conducting liquid or electrolyte and, in more elaborate cells, the cathode and anode may also be separated by a porous membrane or spacer. But if the physical construction is virtually identical, the chemistry is not. In a voltaic cell thermodynamically favorable chemical reactions are used to generate electrical energy, whereas in an electrolysis cell thermodynamically unfavorable chemical reactions are induced by means of an external source of electrical energy in the form of either a battery or a direct current (DC) electrical generator.
Bookmark: http://hdl.handle.net/2374.UC/745360
Date: 2015-09-30

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