Gel box wire

Victor Levenson levenson at
Thu Oct 22 14:27:12 EST 1998

"JM Warawa, Department of Pathology & Microbiology"
<J.Warawa at> wrote:

>Does anyone have any suggestions on a cheep alternative to 
>platinum for a gel box wire?  Does nickle-chromium work or 
>will I be changing the wire after every run?
>   Jon
>JM Warawa, Department of Pathology & Microbiology
>University of Brisol
>J.Warawa at


Ni-Cr will work just fine for (-) electrode since only cations are
discharged here; actually, even stainless steel will be good. The (+)
electrode is quite another story since OH- are discharged here and
that involves atomic O, which is a VERY powerful oxidant. Frankly, I
do not know of any good substitute for Pt wire...

In any case, Stainless steel for (-) electrode will cut the costs
almost in half...

Hope that helps,

Victor Levenson MD/PhD
Res Asst Prof
UIC, Dept of Genetics M/C 669
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