On This Day – May 02 : William Nicholson became the first man to produce a chemical reaction by electricity on this day in 1800

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The English chemist discovered that when leads from a battery are placed in water (H2O), the water breaks up into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) bubbles, which collect separately at the submerged ends of the wires. This process is called electrolysis.

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar