2020 Advanced Electrochemistry II

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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

To acquire the basic concepts and applications of electrochemistry is needed to understand the features, functions and issues of electrochemical devices that are widely used in our society, such as batteries and fuel cells. This course gives profound understanding and applications of electrochemical concepts, electrochemical equilibrium based on thermodynamics, potential-current relationship based on reaction kinetics, and so on, where the related lectures and exercise are combined. In the latter part of the course, the participants study analytical methods based on the principles of electrochemical measurements and their applications to electrochemical devices such as rechargeable batteries and fuel cells to acquire practical senses to these devices.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will able to:
1) Explain basic electrochemical concepts such as electrodes, electrolytes, interface and potential.
2) Explain relationships among potential, current and time governed by equilibrium and kinetics.
3) Explain principles of electrochemical measurements used for analysis of electrochemical devices.
4) Explain the features, usage and issues of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells considering their components and characteristics.


electrochemistry, energy conversion, electrochemical interface, electrochemical reactions (equilibrium and kinetics), electrochemical measurements, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells

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 and the related exercise is given to solve (Need a calculator). 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 Lecture and exercise on stoichiometry and equilibrium Treat the electrochemical stoichiometry and thermodynamics (Nernst equation and equilibrium potential).
Class 2 Lecture and exercise on electrochemical kinetics Treat the electrochemical behavior under charge transfer and mass transfer conditions.
Class 3 Lecture and exercise on electrochemical measurements (DC methods) Explain the principle of electrochemical DC measurements.
Class 4 Lecture and exercise on electrochemical measurements (AC methods) Explain the principle of electrochemical AC measurements.
Class 5 Lecture and exercise on theory and analysis of rechargeable batteries 1 Explain and treat the battery performance of various rechargeable batteries based on capacity, energy density, and power density.
Class 6 Lecture and exercise on theory and analysis of rechargeable batteries 2 Explain the analytical methods to evaluate the performance of lithium ion batteries.
Class 7 Lecture and exercise on theory/analysis of fuel cells a Explain the kinds and power generation principles of fuel cells with analytical methods for performance evaluation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



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' understanding will be assessed by mini-exercises/reports(50%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H403 : Advanced Electrochemistry I
  • ENR.H411 : Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is desirable that the students have learned basic electrochemistry.

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