P.L.T. Heroult, French electrolysis chemist.

P.L.T. Heroult, French electrolysis chemist.

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Caption: P.L.T. Heroult. Portrait of Paul Louis Toussaint Heroult (1863-1914), French chemist. Heroult invented a cheap, electrolytic process for making aluminium in 1886 when aged only twenty-three. The technique involved dissolving aluminium oxide in molten cryolite, and passing an electric current through it using carbon electrodes. An American metallurgist, C.M. Hall, independently devised the same technique in the same year. The technique is now called the Hall-Heroult process. It allowed aluminium to be made cheaply for the first time since it was initially isolated in 1825. Both inventors were also born and died in the same years as each other.

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