Oxygen is the third most abundant element of the universe and makes up 21 % of the earth’s atmosphere. Without oxygen, life on earth would not be possible. The reasons for the importance of oxygen are manifold: on the one hand most of the living organisms need oxygen for their cell metabolism and to extract energy from nutrition. On the other hand, most of the energy conversion processes controlled by humans are based on combustion of fossil fuels and need oxygen as corresponding oxidant in order to provide heat and electricity.
Similarly also electrochemical conversion and storage devices rely on the presence of oxygen for efficient operation such as batteries and fuel cells. Oxygen or air electrodes, however, remain one of the biggest enigmas in electrochemical devices due to complicated reaction mechanisms and difficulties in splitting the oxygen-oxygen bond.
At the 30th PSI Electrochemistry Symposium, six leading experts will report about different aspects of oxygen in electrochemical systems from theory to applications.
We are looking forward to meeting you again on May 7th, 2014, at the Paul Scherrer Institut for discussions, sharing viewpoints or simply updating your state of knowledge.
Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut
|This event is co-sponsored by The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and The Electrochemical Society.|