Intentional defects make for better reactions, researchers report

A defect is not always a bad thing. In fact, when it comes to improving the electrocatalysis process that produces clean-burning hydrogen gas, it may be a very good thing. Researchers based in China engineered an electrocatalyst—which ...

New strategy boosts acidic carbon dioxide electrolysis performance

Renewable electricity-driven carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis can convert CO2 into valuable fuel and chemicals. However, one of the key challenges hindering CO2 electrolysis toward practical application is the severe carbon ...

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In chemistry and manufacturing, electrolysis (pronounced /iˌlɛkˈtrɒlɨsɪs/, from the Greek ἤλεκτρον [ɛ̌ːlektron] "amber" and λύσις [lýsis] "dissolution") is a method of using a direct electric current (DC) to drive an otherwise non-spontaneous chemical reaction. Electrolysis is commercially highly important as a stage in the separation of elements from naturally occurring sources such as ores using an electrolytic cell.

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