Types of Electrolysis and Electrochemical Cell

  • Aneeya Kumar Samantara
  • Satyajit Ratha
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Materials book series (BRIEFSMATERIALS)


Electrolysis is the process of breakdown of stable water molecule on passage of current across the electrodes in aqueous electrolyte. Generally at a particular potential, the splitting of water to molecular hydrogen and oxygen takes place at cathode and anode terminals of the electrochemical cell. This chapter presents a brief discussion on the types of electrolysis and electrochemical cell. Further, for better understanding, complete configuration of electrodes in a three electrode electrochemical cell is presented.


HER OER Cathode Anode Electrochemical cell Electrode arrangement Measurement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aneeya Kumar Samantara
    • 1
  • Satyajit Ratha
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemical SciencesNational Institute of Science Education and ResearchKhordhaIndia
  2. 2.School of Basic SciencesIndian Institute of TechnologyBhubaneswarIndia

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