Magnetic resonance imaging of electrochemical cells containing bulk metal

Melanie M. Britton*

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The development of improved energy-storage devices, as well as corrosion prevention and metal-electrofinishing technologies, requires knowledge of local composition and transport behaviour in electrolytes near bulk metals, in situ and in real time. It remains a challenge to acquire such data and new analytical methods are required. Recent work shows that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to map concentration gradients and visualise electrochemical processes in electrochemical cells containing bulk metals. This recent work, along with the challenges, and solutions, associated with MRI of these electrochemical cells are reviewed. Caught on film: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is common in medical research and, more recently, is being applied to visualize chemical composition, molecular transport, and physical environment in engineering and materials research. Researchers are now starting to use these techniques to investigate electrochemical devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1731-1736
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2014


  • electrochemistry
  • imaging artifacts
  • magnetic properties
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • reaction mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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