Definitions

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  • n. The difference between the electric potential of an electrode or cell under the passage of a current and the thermodynamic value of the electrode or cell potential in the absence of electrolysis

Etymologies

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over- +‎ potential

Examples

  • When you factor in the abundance of cobalt oxide, the stability of the nanoclusters under use, the modest overpotential and mild pH and temperature conditions, we believe we have a promising catalytic component for developing a viable integrated solar fuel conversion system.

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  • Because the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) on plain carbon electrodes is very slow, a high overpotential is required to drive hydrogen production.

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  • To reduce this overpotential, platinum is usually used as a catalyst.

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