Electrolysis is fundamental to industrial processes. How was it discovered, how does it work and what are its uses?
- The Chemist Humphry Davy developed the reaction we now call electrolysis.
- Electrolysis can be used industrially in the extraction of reactive metals.
- Electrolysis can only work to split up a metal compound if it's molten or dissolved in solution.
- Electrolysis uses an electric current supplied to a solution via two charged rods, called electrodes.