SITE VISIT: Throw the Switch

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Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1887
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1887a

A pair of wires immersed in a chemical solution is the basic blueprint for everything from the batteries in your flashlight to the method for gold-plating costume jewelry. To get an idea of how electrochemical cells pervade our lives, check out the Electrochemical Science and Technology Information Resource.

Zoltan Nagy, an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, says his simple, graphics-free site grew from information that piled up after he helped start an electrochemistry newsgroup in 1994. Popular Web pages include bibliographies, a graduate school directory of over 400 professors and their programs, and a catalog of more than 700 Web links. Trolling through the sites yields online electrochemistry courses and lecture notes, as well as Web sites on fuel cells and some 20 journals. And for those with labile hard drives, free software simulates, for example, what happens when different mixes of chemicals are dumped together and zapped with electricity.

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