It has been a long way from the electrolyte used by Volta in his famous Zn/Cu pile, brine-soaked cloth or cardboard, to the highly specialized electrolytes in many of today's electrochemical devices, ranging from small batteries for hearing aids and ubiquitous mobile phone batteries to industrial scale electrolysis cells for aluminium or chlorine production.
Electrolytes in technical cells are designed and engineered to meet the specific requirements of the device, its application and the associated operating environment. The desired reactions take place at one or both of the electrodes, thus the importance of the electrolyte, providing selective transport for specific ions while blocking the passage of unwanted species, may be overlooked rather too easily.
The five distinguished speakers of this year’s Electrochemistry Symposium will take us on a journey to the science, engineering and technology of selected classes of electrolytes in technically relevant and emerging electrochemical devices, such as lithium-ion batteries, high and low temperature fuel cells.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 32nd PSI Electrochemistry Symposium on April 27th, 2016, for inspiring discussions, a fruitful exchange of ideas and stimulating get-together.
Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut
(Image next to title: X-ray tomography image of gas diffusion layer for fuel cells with color coded pore size distribution)
This event is co-sponsored by The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER), Heat & Electricity Storage.