2021 Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Kitamura Fusao  Waki Keiko  Hirayama Masaaki  Nakamura Jiro 
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Course description and aims

Electrochemical devices that convert electric energy and chemical energy by exchanging electrons or ions are widely used as power storage and power generation applications, and it is believed that their importance will grow in the future. In this lecture, we will study energy conversion and storage devices such as a storage battery, fuel cell, capacitor, based on the principle of operation and the material of construction, with emphasis on surface reactions. Based on the present state of things concerning the improvement of performance of various energy devices, the latest topics and future trends will be overviewed.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to discuss the operating principles and features of components of different types of electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices along with historical details, while also gaining an understanding from the problems of the newest developments and the position of each device.


electrochemistry, energy conversion, energy storage, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, sensors, artificial photosynthesis

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.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to electrochemical devices,Electrochemical reactions in electrochemical devices Explain the roles and issues of electrochemical devices and electrochemical reactions in electrochemical devices
Class 2 History of battery development and features of batteries Explain the electrode/electrolyte materials and their electrochemical properties in rechargeable batteries
Class 3 Current status and issues of lithium ion batteries Explain the relation between structure and electrochemical properties of lithium intercalation materials
Class 4 Current status and issues of next generation rechargeable batteries and fuel cells Explain the proposed reactions and materials for next generation rechargeable batteries and fuel cells
Class 5 Current status and issues of artificial photosynthesis Explain the electrochemical reactions and materials for artificial photosynthesis.
Class 6 Current status and issues of electrochemical capacitors, and theory and analytical techniques of electrochemical sensors Explain the electrochemical reactions and materials for capacitors
Class 7 Report to check the level of understanding Explain the contribution of electrochemical devices to society

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.


Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of crystal structure and its characterization, solid solution, and materials synthesis and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed by reports (50%) and final exam (50%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H403 : Advanced Electrochemistry I
  • ENR.H404 : Advanced Electrochemistry II
  • ENR.H405 : Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry I
  • ENR.H406 : Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry II

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