MadSci Network: Chemistry

Re: What is electrolysis?

Area: Chemistry
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Staff Chemist, Avid Therapeutics,Philadelphia, PA
Date: Tue Jun 3 20:52:56 1997
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 863373875.Ch
Electrolysis refers to the production of an oxidation-reduction reaction
by means of a direct current.

What does that all mean?

It means that an electrical current (DC) can be applied to a system in
order to force a reaction to occur.  In this reaction, there is an 
oxidation of one species, and a reduction of another.  Think of it as
a battery operating in reverse.

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