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ERIC Number: EJ1079336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The EChemPen: A Guiding Hand to Learn Electrochemical Surface Modifications
Valetaud, Mathieu; Loget, Gabriel; Roche, Je´rome; Hu¨sken, Nina; Fattah, Zahra; Badets, Vasilica; Fontaine, Olivier; Zigah, Dodzi
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n10 p1700-1704 Oct 2015
The Electrochemical Pen (EChemPen) was developed as an attractive tool for learning electrochemistry. The fabrication, principle, and operation of the EChemPen are simple and can be easily performed by students in practical classes. It is based on a regular fountain pen principle, where the electrolytic solution is dispensed at a tip to locally modify a conductive surface by triggering a localized electrochemical reaction. Three simple model reactions were chosen to demonstrate the versatility of the EChemPen for teaching various electrochemical processes. We describe first the reversible writing/erasing of metal letters, then the electrodeposition of a black conducting polymer "ink", and finally the colorful writings that can be generated by titanium anodization and that can be controlled by the applied potential. These entertaining and didactic experiments are adapted for teaching undergraduate students that start to study electrochemistry by means of surface modification reactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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