...the negative electrode has a surface that will compete with the hydrophobic surface...
According to Gerald, the surface needs to be hydrophilic
, (not hydrophobic.)
Gerald mentioned a man's name that was actually experimenting with this. I would like to go back and note it and do more research online. I have many questions about the details of such a test:
Regarding the electrodes, what material is best? I am thinking that stainless steel may survive the water environment best.
How thick can the electrode material be? It must be thin because the EZ layer is less than a millimeter thick.
What shape and scale is the electrode? Parallel lines, a square grid, or a honeycomb pattern with 1mm or 10mm spacing maybe.
How do you control the positions and flatness of the electrodes? Thinner material works against maintaining position and flatness.
Can the EZ-water electrode touch the hydrophilic surface?
Does the bulk-water electrode need to be very close to the edge of the boundary of the EZ-water?
The big question, can this be made to be more efficient than everyday solar cells?