Kudos to you Mr. King for posting this. That being said, in my opinion, if you publically accused the officer before learning the truth, you should publically apologize in every piece like this that you write.
While I applaud this post, I also believe that “I an deeply sorry and apologize to Officer Hubbard and his family for my role in spreading this false information and causing them harm” is warranted. Perhaps you posted it elsewhere? It is really needed here.
Thank you for posting this! I’ve felt like a crazy person, wondering how this paper was published in EES in its current state- as if I’m missing something extremely basic about thermodynamics despite working in the field for years. I agree that the explanation seems to be hand-waving and not backed up by either the data or any existing physical theory. I hope to see a real rebuttal in the journal soon.
This is the best description I’ve read yet of what the paper appears to be describing and why these claims are controversial. I agree that JG’s explanation in the Computer World article doesn’t fully explain the results — I can only assume he is describing underpotential deposition, which as noted can explain metal deposition above the equilibrium…