Montreal Electrochemistry Workshop

On January 22, 2016, the ECS Montreal Student Chapter hosted its first ever electrochemistry workshop. The focus of the workshop was the fabrication of silver-silver chloride reference electrodes, a staple of most electrochemistry experiments.

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The workshop included a short presentation discussing the theoretical aspects of references electrodes, after which students could observe a demonstration. Finally, each student was allowed to perform the fabrication protocol and everyone brought home their own reference electrode!

The workshop consisted of two parts: (1) a review of the theory and basics of electrochemistry and (2) a hands-on laboratory demonstration.

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Pictured above: Montreal Student Chapter President David Polcari explains the process of coating a silver wire electrochemically to obtain a reference electrode.

ECS Mtl Student Chapter - Electrochemistry Workshop Summary

Students of all levels (undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D.) participated in the workshop. Although the experiment was relatively simple, this basic knowledge allowed new students to understand the underpinnings of most electrochemical measurements and opened them to integrating electrochemistry into their research.

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