How do oxidation reduction reactions move energy?

1 Answer
Jul 18, 2014

Thanks for your question about oxidation reduction reactions and energy.

In oxidation reduction reactions, one species gets reduced by taking on electron(s) and another species gets oxidized by losing electrons. The movement of electrons can be used to do work.

In an electrochemical cell, one species is oxidized and one species is reduced. The electron flow can be run through a wire and these electrons can be used to do work (like run a battery).

Hope this helps.