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Speed at which molecules break down using electricity

  1. Jul 18, 2012 #1
    When breaking down a molecule using electricity, what determines how much of the substance is broken down per second. Is it the voltage, current, or something else I'm not thinking of?
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  3. Jul 19, 2012 #2

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    It all very much depends upon what molecule you're discussing; this question relates very closely to the Chemistry involved. Some will require an electric field of only a few volts per metre whilst some will require Megavolts per metre.
    If you consider the way Oxygen molecules bond to Haemoglobin in the red cells, only a very slight difference in concentration of Oxygen will cause the Oxygen to be held or released. the electrical potentials in each case must be extremely low.
  5. Jul 19, 2012 #4
    I need some suggestion for preparing GATE 2013 Electrical Engg where as I have completed my BE In Electronics and Telecomm.How to prepare for Gate and which reference is to be used.
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