2017 Advanced Electrochemistry I

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Kanno Ryoji  Arai Hajime  Kitamura Fusao  Hirayama Masaaki 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the electrochemical theory required to understand the operation of power devices such as batteries and fuel cells, and analytical devices such as chemical sensors. Topics include thermodynamics and kinetics of electrochemical reactions, the structure of electrode | electolyte interface, conductivity of electrolytes.
For the comprehensive understand of electrochemistry, knowledge and concepts based on electrical and physical engineering in addition to chemistry are required. This course aims to student to understand and acquire the fundamentals of electrochemical concepts widely applicable to current industries, which will develop an innovative technology.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the concepts and technologies of electrochemistry and their applications.
2) Explain the electrical double layer formed at the electrode | electrolyte interface.
3) Ability to interpret electrochemical reactions from thermodynamic point of view.
4) Explain the factors that dectate the rate of electrode reactions.


electrochemistry, energy conversion, electrified interface, theroy of electrode reactions

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Individual topics will be lectured. Towards the end of class, if needed, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve. To prepare for class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to electrochemistry Acquir the knowledge about the concepts and applications of electrochemical technologies.
Class 2 Electron conductors and ionic conductors Explain the nature of electron conductors and ionic conductors, the relationship between concentration and activity.
Class 3 The interface between electrode and electrolyte Explain the model structure of electrical double layer formed at the electrode | electrolyte interface.
Class 4 The emf of electrochemical cell Explain various factors that determine the emf of the battery.
Class 5 Thermodynamic treatment of electrode reactions Ability to consider the electrochemical equilibrium from the viewpoint of chemical thermodynamics.
Class 6 Electrode kinetics - Introduction - Acquir the knowledge about the factors that influence the faradaic current intensity.
Class 7 Electron-trasfer rate and potential Explain the relationship between current and applied potential.
Class 8 Mass-tranport effect on the current Explain the influence of mass-transfer on the rate of electrode reactions.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Keith Oldham, Jan Myland, Alan Bond, Electrochemical Science and Technology: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley (2011), ISBN: 978-0-470-71085-2

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge will be assessed from quizes or reports (50%) and examination (50%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H404 : Advanced Electrochemistry II
  • ENR.H411 : Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

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