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Analytical Chemistry

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What is an oxidation/reduction reaction?

Oxidation and reduction reactions are chemical processes that involve the transfer of an electron between two species. Oxidation is the process of taking an electron away from a species, so if a molecule loses an electron, it has been oxidized. Reduction is the process of giving an additional electron to a species, so if a molecule gains an electron, it has been reduced. Oxidation and reduction reactions are particularly important in the field of electrochemistry.



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