Electrochemical devices such as batteries and chemical sensors are constructed on the bases of electrochemical technologies. This course focuses on the theoretical aspects of electrochemical reactions and exemplifies their applications.
For the comprehensive understand of electrochemical processes, students acquire fundamental knowledge and concepts of electrochemistry. In addition, this course aims to students to understand constructions and principles of typical electrochemical devices, and explain electrochemical phenomena in terms of redox chemistry.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain fundamental aspects of electrochemical reaction in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics and mass transport.
2) Explain the structure of electric double layer at the interface and its role on electrode reactions.
3) Explain measuring principle of fundamental electrochemical methods such as cyclic voltammetry.
4) Explain the practical usage of electrochemical technology in our life.
electrochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode reactions, charge transfer across the interface, batteries, environmental chemistry, biochemistry
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||Introduction to Advanced Electrochemistry||Acquire the knowledge about the concepts and applications of electrochemical technologies.|
|Class 2||Electrochemical Cells||Explain the characteristic nature of two-electrode systems.|
|Class 3||Electrochemical synthesis||Explain the characteristics of electrolysis and outline the industrial processes based on it.|
|Class 4||Electrochemical Power Generation||Explain types of electrochemical power source such as primary or secondary batteries, fuel cells.|
|Class 5||Electrochemical Reactions (I): Thermodynamics||Explain the thermodynamic treatment of the electrochemical reaction.|
|Class 6||Electrochemical Reactions (II): Electrode kinetics||Explain the relationship between the electrode potential and electrode kinetics.|
|Class 7||Electrochemical Reactions (III): Mass Transport||Acquire the knowledge about the mass transport to/from the electrochemical interface and its influence on the reaction rate.|
|Class 8||Electrochemical Interface||Explain the structure models of electrified interfaces.|
|Class 9||Electrochemical Measurements (I): apparatus and cell||Acquire the knowledge about the cells and apparatus used for electrochemical measurements.|
|Class 10||Electrochemical Measurements (II): potential step and potential sweep techniques||Explain the potential-control measuring techniques known as potential step technique and potential sweep voltammetry.|
|Class 11||Electrochemical Measurements (III): Impedance spectroscopy and pulse voltammetry||Acquire knowledge about impedance spectroscopy and pulse voltammetries.|
|Class 12||Corrosion and electroplating||Explain the metal corrosion process in terms of the electrochemical reactions.|
|Class 13||Green Electrochemistry||Acquire the knowledge of electrochemical biosensors as well as electrochemical purification of water.|
|Class 14||Fuel Cells||Explain the types of fuel cells and materials constructing them.|
|Class 15||Summary and Term Examination||Course summary and student’s assessment for their own progress and achievements throughout the course.|
Keith Oldham, Jan Myland, Alan Bond, Electrochemical Science and Technology: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley (2011), ISBN: 978-0-470-71085-2
Course materials will be distributed as necessary.
Students’ knowledge will be assessed from quizzes or reports (50%) and examination (50%).
Mastering basic knowledge of chemistry is desirable.