What are the Definitions of Oxidation and Reduction?


  • Electron transfer reactions are oxidation-reduction or redox reactions.
  • Results in the generation of an electric current (electricity) or be caused by imposing an electric current.
  • Therefore, this field of chemistry is often called ELECTROCHEMISTRY.
  • Reduction (gaining electrons) can’t happen without an oxidation (loss of electrons)to provide the electrons.
  • You can’t have 2 oxidations or 2 reductions in the same equation. Reduction has to occur at the cost of oxidation