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Process intensification: An electrochemical perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Keith Scott



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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. This paper provides a review of a range of process intensification methods which have been applied to electrochemical processes and reactions. The electrochemical reactions include those in electrolysers where gas evolution occurs, in metal deposition reactions and reactions occurring in fuel cells and batteries. The process intensification methods include the use of centrifugal force fields, ultrasonics, rotating electrodes and rotating cells which operate with and without the application of magnetic fields. Such devices can be used in principle to carry out electrolysis without the application of an external potential or current. Other methods considered include the use of light. The area of magnetic field induced fluid flow is also discussed which has applications in lab on a chip technologies. The area of process intensification has largely focused a lot on hydrogen generation as a means of providing a clean, sustainable fuel.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Scott K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Year: 2018

Volume: 81

Issue: 1

Pages: 1406-1426

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Online publication date: 10/06/2017

Acceptance date: 21/05/2017

Date deposited: 13/07/2017

ISSN (print): 1364-0321

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0690

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.189


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