research product . 2013

The third century of electrochemistry: Lowering the horizon or raising it further?

Hadži-Jordanov Svetomir;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society
  • Country: Serbia
A survey is given of the development of electrochemistry with an author’s non-hidden wish for more advanced development in future. The survey is based on past achievements of electrochemistry listed shortly here. As far as the recent state is concerned, dissatisfaction is expressed with the acceptance of electrochemistry both as profession of graduated students, and a priority field in financing research, as well. For the sake of truth an alternative view is mentioned that takes the recent state of electrochemistry as normal and in accordance with the usual course of development, (i.e. birth, rise, achieving of maximum and then decay, fading, etc.), that is common in the nature. This statement is based on a belief that today electrochemistry exists on a broader basis than before, and is mainly incorporated in other (new) branches of chemistry and science. Examples are given where recent electrochemistry failed to fulfill the promises (e.g., production of cheap hydrogen by means of electrocatalysts with high performance for H2 evolution, economical use of large scale fuel cells, etc.). In summarizing the recent fields of interest that covers electrochemistry, it is stressed out their diversification, specialization, complexness and interdisciplinary nature. A list of desirable highlights that could possibly help electrochemistry to improve its rating among other science branches is composed. Also, a list of author’s personal preferences is given.
free text keywords: electrochemistry, lost priority, recovery, desirable highlights, history, current trends, future prospects
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