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Open Circuit Potential

An Open Circuit Potential (OCP) is, as the name suggests, the potential where no current is flowing, because the circuit is open. Between two metals in the same solution the OCP is the highest potential difference possible without applying a potential from the outside. Measuring the OCP is also non-invasive, because no current is flowing.

For more information, see the chapters on Corrosion Potential and Constant Potential vs OCP or vs Reference Electrode.

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