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Electrochemistry: Use of Electrolysis to Reduce Global Carbon Emissions


As a high school or introductory undergraduate Chemistry or Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching the basics of electrochemistry and how the application of electrolysis can potentially reduce the global carbon dioxide emissions.

This lesson plan includes an interactive classroom activity to teach about electrochemical reactions, electrolysis, and electrolytic cells. It also includes resources to explain to your students how electrolysis may be used to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions from large-scale processes such as world-wide cement production. Global cement production contributes significantly to increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide resulting in global warming and climate change.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Chemistry or Environmental Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Understand the basics of electrochemistry
  2. Learn about electrolysis, electrolytic cells, and their applications in real life
  3. Describe the use of electrolysis in commercial processes to reduce global carbon emissions
Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr Richa Arora (Shivaji College) and Dr Upasana Issar (Kalindi College), University of Delhi, India. Want to know more about how to contribute? Contact us.

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