Industrial electrolysis and electrochemical engineering

Morris Grotheer, Richard Alkire, Richard Varjtan, Venkat Srinivasan, John Weidner

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The introduction of the electrical dynamo in the early 1870s made large scale, relatively inexpensive electric power available for commercial scale chemical production. The early electrolytic products included the metals aluminum, potassium, and sodium; strong chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, bromine, and sodium hydroxide. Over the years, a wide variety of materials, primarily metals and strong oxidizing agents, have been produced electrolytically. Among those produced today are chlorine, sodium hydroxide, sodium chlorate, hydrogen, oxygen, aluminum, copper, magnesium, zinc, and adiponitrile, a raw material for the manufacture of nylon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalElectrochemical Society Interface
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry


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