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Unit 11: The Metallic World—Electrochemistry and Coordination Compounds


Unit Overview

Every portable electronic device is fueled by chemistry, specifically through oxidation-reduction or "redox" reactions. In redox reactions, one compound gains electrons (reduction) and one compound loses them (oxidation). Chemists can set up reactions so that electrons are forced to move in a certain way to create an electrical current. Metals often play a key role in redox reactions, which are essential to all aspects of chemistry, particularly in many biochemical processes.

by Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson


  1. Introduction
  2. The Activity Series
  3. Half-Reactions—Build a Redox Reaction
  4. Electrons into Energy
  5. Putting Spontaneous Processes to Work—Batteries
  6. Beyond the Standard Reduction Potential
  7. Electrolyte Reactions and Corrosion Prevention
  8. A Transition to Transition Metals
  9. Colorful Chemistry
  10. Metal Biochemistry
  11. Conclusion
  12. Further Reading

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