A Nobel Prize for Heyrovský
Prague is the birthplace of one of the analysis techniques in Metrohm’s portfolio: polarography. During my stay in the Czech Republic, together with Peter Barath, CEO of our Czech subsidiary, I followed the roots of polarography from its invention to its use today, e.g., in biology research. Polarography is an electrochemical analysis technique that enables the determination of electrically active substances, such as metals, but also many biological molecules, at very low concentration levels.
Polarography is often considered a niche technique, but not in Czechia. The reason for the popularity of polarography and electrochemistry in general can be found in history: polarography was invented by Czech physical chemist Jaroslav Heyrovský in 1922. In 1959, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for this invention. To this day, the tradition of electrochemistry is alive at Czech universities and research institutes.
The Invention of Polarography
To learn about the invention of polarography, we visited the Jaroslav Heyróvsky Institute of Physical Chemistry and The Faculty of Science at the Charles University of Prague. Learn about the origins of polarography in the video below!